With plastic crates for chairs and beer crates for tables, take a seat at Pontochoux (a single-minded café opened by the team behind Chez Taeko at the nearby Marché des Enfants Rouges market) and dig into authentic Japanese curry, served nonstop all day long. Everything is just like in the motherland at this unfussy place: beef, breaded pork, fried chicken or seasonal vegetables arrive wrapped up in a thick silky, spicy sauce similar to ragù, served in a small metal dish with a beautiful portion of rice, finished off with a helping of sweet and sour pickles (fukujinzuke) and even a round of sweet potato! For those with a really big appetite, there are potato croquettes, tamago eggs marinated in soy sauce and even a slice of fried camembert that you can order as a side. And for anyone who doesn’t like curry, there’s no need to panic, the house also serves fried chicken donburi and mabo tofu. // T.V.X.
FEELING THIRSTY? There are a few basics to keep your thirst quenched: homemade lemonade (€3.50), Kirin beer (€3.80), oolong green tea (€2.80), homemade ginger ale (€3.50).
PRICE: Curries €12.50-14.80, donburi €12, sides €2.