Higuma, restaurant japonais
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Ramen? Lamen? Just say "Higuma" for noodles in Paris
For years now, the neighborhood between the Palais-Royal and the Opéra Garnier has been a hangout for Japanese and Korean ex-pats and visitors in Paris, with the Rue Sainte Anne as its culinary epicenter. Lined with Japanese restaurants and Korean groceries, this is where to come for a 'break' (if that's even the right word) from steak-frites and macarons... When I lived in Paris, my Japanese neighbor told me about "Higuma," which I subsequently introduced to all of my French friends. I'm glad to say that when I re-visited this ramen-house recently, it hadn't lost its non-chic-charm. No sushi here--fresh hand-made noodles, donburi and curry will fill you up, along with perfectly steamed/fried gyoza--known here as 'raviolis japonais.' Grab a seat at the counter and watch your steaming bowl come together. Lines are common at lunch-hour. And even though Higuma now has three locations in Paris, THIS is the original: no-nonsense and venerable in the 1st arrondissement... As for the spelling of 'lamen' for 'ramen' in this Parisian institution--just enjoy the L-R confusion. Here, slurping won't be considered gauche...and remember, "bon appétit" = "itadakimasu" and "merci" = "arigato gozaimasu!"
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