Restaurant Pontochoux in ParisPontochoux (Paris) - © Christine Doublet

Are you a fan of Japanese curry? Well, TaekoTHE chef from the Marché des Enfants-Rouges – opened up Pontochoux in January. It’s the first restaurant dedicated entirely to curry – the classic dish of manga culture. A shoebox of a space with four tables, mismatched décor, a difficult-to-pronounce name… and that’s all folks! Simmered for hours before making their way onto your plate, her curries are very thick, creamy and lightly spiced, served with wholegrain rice, the meat of your choice (excellent fried chicken, breaded pork or beef), along with a miniature cabbage-corn salad and a few slices of pickled white radish. The rest of the menu (which is scrawled in chalk on the blackboard wall) is made up of two or three donburi, a Mapo tofu (€11) and potato fritters (€2)… To drink: homemade lemonade or Kirin beer (€3.50). Dishes €11-12.80. // J.G.

Getting there

Restaurant Pontochoux
18, rue du Pont-aux-Choux
TEL: +33 9 86 70 77 00
Subway: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart