Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sapporo Ramen (サッポロ ラーメン) in Paris

This week's ramen expedition brings me to... PARIS, the fashion capital of the world!
I'm fortunate that my job allows me to have a chance to be here.

It was lunchtime, and I was looking for a place to have lunch while I was on the way to a meeting.
Walking along Rue St Honore, where the fashion boutiques are, I saw Colette, Gucci, John Galliano.... and Sapporo Ramen!?!?
Wow, didn't expect that there will be a ramens shop along St Honore!

Being a Ramen Walker, I know that I have to have lunch there.

Sapporo Ramen, on the 1st floor the shophouse

Entered the shop... and there was actually a long queue and the restaurant is packed!
The customers were from all nationalities - French, Japanese, Chinese, Singaporean (i.e. myself), etc.
Its great that Ramen is being appreciated by so many nationalities.


The small restaurant has about 10 2-seater tables in front and a row of counter seats at the back.
With the queue and all, it was quite packed, and the service staff had trouble serving the food.
The owner seems to be a Japanese family - from the ramen chef to the cashier and waitress, they all looked Japanese.

As usual, I ordered their basic, Shoyu Ramen (7.50 Euro), as a test of the store.

Ramen a la sauce de soja! (in French)

I wonder how the French pronounces the word "ramen", as the r-sound is this deep throat / air sound....

Back to the ramen... it was very decent and good!
The ramen is topped with 2 large pieces of char siew (porc roti in French on the menu...), some leafy vegetable and Menma. The presentation was good. The porc roti was tender. The soup too was clear and tasty. Not bad at all for a ramen in Paris.

The price wasn't that bad too, as other restaurants serving French food along St Honore will definitely set you back more than 7.50 Euros.

The overall experience was good (because I was so happy to find ramen in Paris!), except for the fact that the service staff was in a irritated mode and was a little rude. I guess it was because the shop was so bustling and they were crazily handing the crowd and the order.

If you are in Paris and are craving for ramen while shopping along St Honore, this is the place you might want to visit.
It is also quite near to the Louvre.

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Ramen Data - Sapporo Ramen @ Rue St Honore, Paris
Address: 276 Rue Saint Honore, Paris, France
Types: Shoyu, Shio, Miso
Price: 7.5 - 9 Euro
Rating: 7.5/10
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