Sapporo: one of the best cheap ramen in Paris

As many of you have noticed, I haven’t been very active recently. Haven’t been going out, haven’t taken time to cook and most importantly, haven’t discovered any new restaurants –until this week!

Last Sunday we fancied a Japanese noodle soup, ramen, and headed to the Little Japan of Paris, located on Rue St Anne and its proximity. Sapporo is open until 11 p.m. on Sundays, and as we were approaching the closing time, we quickly walked in.

Sapporo, located in Rue St Anne near Opera, is open until ii p.m. on Sundays. Handy!

Sapporo, located in Rue St Anne near the old Opera, is open until 11 p.m. on Sundays. Convenient!

My husband had Gomoku Ramen (pork-broth based noodle soup with prawns and vegetables, 9€50) and I had Ebi Yasai Itame (sauteed vegetables with prawns, 9€80). As our waiter explained, most of the dishes are made of pork broth, but my dish plus a few others are pork free.

Ebi Yasai Itame, sauteed vegetables with prawns. Yummy!!

Both dishes were excellent and rather copious. Healthy tasting with very fresh ingredients. I did think that my dish had a slightly “Chinese taste”, but I am neither an expert of Chinese food nor Japanese so I let those who know better comment. My husband’s soup tasted rich but light. I don’t like pork and never eat it, but the broth didn’t have pork taste in it, so we could actually share the dishes.

Gomoku Ramen, noodles with vegetables and shrimps

Gomoku Ramen, noodles with vegetables and prawns. A perfect and healthy autumn warmer!

Our Sunday night dinner experience was indeed so great that we returned on Tuesday night to the same restaurant! On Tuesday night Sapporo was all full.

Some waiters do not speak English or French, but it didn’t bother us. Service was rather fast and it was fun to watch chefs cook behind the bar. There are fixed menus, too.

If you are in the Opera area and looking for a fast, ethnic eating experience, think about Rue St Anne and Sapporo! I had not visited this street for some time and I will make sure to stop by during the coming cold months to warm up my bones with a good old ramen soup!

SAPPORO: 37 rue Sainte-Anne, 75001 Paris. Tel. 01 42 60 60 98 . Open every day! There is another Sapporo in 276 rue Saint-HonorΓ©, also in the 1st arrondissement, but closer to Louvre and Palais Royal.

PS Sapporo is listed as one of the top five places to eat ramen in Paris by Le Figaro newspaper! See the link and other addresses here:

http://www.lefigaro.fr/sortir-paris/2014/01/16/30004-20140116ARTFIG00605-les-5-meilleurs-ramen-de-paris.php

77 thoughts on “Sapporo: one of the best cheap ramen in Paris

    1. Miia Post author

      Thanks Vasilis!
      Guess what (I know I am obsessional), we went again to a Japanese restaurant tonight and the restaurant’s name is Hokkaido πŸ™‚
      Lucky you to have lived in Japan. I have never been. I would love to see that biggest fish market of the world in Tokyo!! Did you visit it?

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      1. Vasilis Meschinis

        It was a trully unforgettable experience. Hokkaido is quite different from the rest of Japan in the sense that it lacks the old charm of the south with its temples and gardens, but on the orher hand it has a rugged natural beauty that cannot be found in any of the other islands. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the fish market. I would really like to travel to Japan again one day. It sounds funny what i am about to say, but Japan will always be in my heart.

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      2. Miia Post author

        Doesn’t sound funny, sounds like you have a passion toward Japan. Was this long time ago?

        How long do you think one needs to explore Japan? But it is quite expensive, isn’t it? Like one month in Japan would be 100 times more than 1 month in India, right? πŸ˜‰

        I am also intrigued by South Korea. Did you visit it?

        PS How was Athens?

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  1. SmaΓ―n A.

    Hi! I am not a fan of this place and their sister restaurant (Kadoya). Yes the staff is chinese there.
    Zen is on my list!
    And I found Naritake ramen very good but to salty for me. They dont have lot of choice for people who do not want to eat meat.
    😊

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    1. Miia Post author

      Hey, I read on Tripadvisor that staff speaks Mandarin Chinese at Sapporo! There were Japanese, too (staff I mean), but some were certainly Chinese.
      What we ate was good but just made me wonder if this is really authentic Japanese…
      What’s your biggest complaint about Sapporo? The Chinese side of it?

      Tonight we went to Hokkaido, which is one level up. Really delicious. Will try to write about it tomorrow πŸ™‚

      We also stopped by Naritake tonight but because I don’t eat pork, there was basically nothing for me.

      Any other restaurants you know in that area?

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      1. SmaΓ―n A.

        I think Sapporo food looks very chinese. Don’t you feel you eat chinese noodles? I know Japanese cuisine is a variant from the chinese one. It would be funny to notice both japanese and chinese working at the same place hehe

        So far, the place I like the most is: Sanukiya πŸ™‚

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      2. Miia Post author

        Of course I do, but Chinese noodles I eat are not like Sapporo ramen.
        But did you know that ramen originally comes from China πŸ˜‰ ? No wonder there are similarities!
        Will check Sanukiya if they have pork-free dishes.

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      3. SmaΓ―n A.

        This what I wanted to point.
        Sanukiya offers lot of choice, but it is Udon soup.
        I’ve already been asked to leave a ramen joint because I said I don’t eat pork lol

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      4. Miia Post author

        Really…? Talking about discrimination. But what do you eat at Naritake (that’s pretty much all pork)?

        I like udon so maybe will try Sanukiya this weekend πŸ™‚ Have you written a review on it?

        PS How are you otherwise, how is the famous la rentree coming along πŸ™‚ ?

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      5. SmaΓ―n A.

        Yes, but it was in Japan. At Naritake I get the classic Udon without meat… (The broth is made with pork fat I know now).
        Udon is safer πŸ™‚ I wrote about sanukiya! Links to my photos are broken, I need to fix this..

        I am well, but I was busy those last weeks with work, vacation, and few weddings! Now I am back and hope to share my new discoveries soon^^
        What about you? It seems you was a little bit away?

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      6. Miia Post author

        Do they have even less pork-free options in Japan?

        That’s good to know about Naritake. I can eat it as long as the taste of pork is not too strong and there are no pieces of pork…. Seems same to you.

        I haven’t been anywhere since Finland in July 😦 Had to cancel a few trips bc haven’t been well. Sucks.

        But looking forward to your discoveries so keep writing πŸ™‚ !!

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      7. SmaΓ―n A.

        I think they can imagine rament without pork, but it depend on the area. You can find vegetarian ramen, but you need to prepare your visit. Anyway, there not only ramen 😊

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      8. Miia Post author

        Must have been super!!!

        Yeah, it depends how I’ll start to feel. I didn’t get to benefit a lot from this summer (well in Finland it was 30C!!) so would like to go to somewhere warm with a sea.

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    1. Miia Post author

      Sapporo as in Japan πŸ™‚ ? Would love to, never been to Japan. Have you?

      I tried another Japanese soup place tonight (becoming obsessed πŸ˜‰ ) , will try to write about it tomorrow!

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      1. Miia Post author

        You too πŸ™‚ I just returned to another Japanese place, udon this time πŸ™‚
        I know, my new obsession!

        Have a great Sunday! It was 25C in Paris today. Nice for a change.

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  2. wl

    unfortunately I’ll have to disagree with le figaro. I’ve been to sapporo (and higuma, also hyped as one of the best ramen restaurants in paris) and left sorely disappointed. both serve pretty poor imitations of what a good bowl of ramen is supposed to taste like. realized I can’t trust the french when it comes to affordable and authentic japanese. am starting to think it’s near impossible hunting down a good bowl of ramen in paris : /

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    1. Miia Post author

      Hey, thanks for your comment!! I don’t eat pork so my choices are a bit limited re: ramen. We went to Hokkaido last night and my husband really liked his pork-octopus ramen (I had teriyaki salmon). Better than Sapporo.

      You seem to know Japanese food well. No place you recommend?

      The problem is that once you an expert on x-cuisine, then everything seems bland πŸ˜‰ ! I know really well Indian food and I hardly ever any more eat North Indian food in Paris… bc it is not that good!

      I think in terms of ethnic kitchen, Paris is good at 1) Sth East Asian food and 2) North African food.

      What are your thoughts?

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      1. wl

        ack, that’s true ! it’s true the choices might be a lot more limited if you don’t eat pork. I think I might have tried hokkaido a few times and it wasn’t too memorable. I guess what matters is that you enjoy your food though ! I’m no expert but have eaten loads and enjoy my japanese food. I haven’t found a favorite ramen restaurant in paris yet but I go to kunitoraya for zaru-udon (chilled udon noodles with a soy dipping sauce – no pork). it’s very refreshing in summer !

        I agree, it’s always difficult to find authentic versions of particular food overseas once you know how it should taste. I guess south indian food might be better in paris instead ? I’m not too familiar with north african food but have been taking the opportunity to try more now that I am in paris. agree about southeast asian food. just that I haven’t found good singaporean food yet. : /

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      2. Miia Post author

        Interesting! Thanks for commenting.

        Yeah, regarding ramen, udon etc, all I can comment is whether the ingredients were fresh, was the taste balanced etc πŸ™‚

        I see Kunitoraya is in Le Fooding. I use that a lot for restaurants.
        Someone just recommended Sanukiya, do you know that one?

        Funny you mention Sth Indian food –that’s exactly what I always say!!!! I go here: https://pearlspotting.com/2013/10/31/my-love-affair-with-saravanaa-bhavan/
        Only once, earlier this year, the dishes tasted a bit funny (bland), but other than that time, I have always been super happy.

        For couscous & tajine, try https://pearlspotting.com/2013/01/28/algerian-restaurant-in-paris/

        Let me know if you find a Singaporean restaurant πŸ™‚ Otherwise, have a great weekend!

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      3. wl

        ah I haven’t heard of sanukiya, it’ll be one to try one of these days then. lol ! I was just at saravanaa bhavan over the weekend, it’s a big chain but it’s probably my favorite though I do go back time and again perhaps for the wrong reason. I can’t help but order their chindian szechuan fried noodles every time I’m there. it reminds me of the first peppery spicy szechuan noodles I had years ago at bangalore railway station. just brings back good memories and it’s not a dish I can find at every indian eatery, so I always cave whenever I’m there. need to get the paper dosa next time I’m there.

        thanks for the algerian recommendation ! it’s super close to where I live ! I still haven’t found a singaporean restaurant in paris yet though there’s one thai restaurant near neuilly/ la defense that serves up a decent bowl of singaporean-style mee pok dry fishball noodles. pity it’s pretty far out. have a good week !

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      4. Miia Post author

        As you probably know, SB is from Chennai. I recently went to SB in Dubai and found it as good as here (or elsewhere). I think it is better than Krishna Bhavan -what do you think?
        Do you go to other Indian / Sri Lankan restos in La Chapelle area? I have tried some but not that impressed.

        Maybe I should try your noodles! I always have the same: Sth Indian thali, onion rava masala dosa and upma (under different name in the menu, but the waiters recognize “upma”).
        Business meal is good too.

        Sometimes the best meal memories come from simple places. For me, I loooooved Hyderabad airport. I tried like 2-3 different take aways πŸ™‚

        Where have you been in India/ where did you like most? I was there again in April and try to go every two years.

        Let me know what you think of the Algerian place. Their prices are quite affordable too and to me l’Atlantide probably has the best quality-price ratio of the Nth African restos I have tried.

        Ps Back to talking about Asian food, do you know Lao Lane Xang II? What do you think? https://pearlspotting.com/2014/02/13/lao-lane-xang-2-simply-the-best/

        You too, have a nice week. The autumn is here…

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      5. wl

        like you, I’ve tried a couple of south asian restaurants in la chapelle and wasn’t that impressed too. actually I was at krishna bhavan yesterday by chance and regretted not heading to saravanaa bhavan. my paper dosa fell flat, literally, when the waitress brought it to my table.

        I’ve only been in the south — ootacamund, bangalore, mumbai, pune and aurangabad. I love aurangabad (ellora and ajanta caves !) and mumbai the most. definitely want to go back again and explore northern india (rajasthan !).

        definitely will let you know when I try l’atlantide one of these days soon. and I’ve never heard of lao lane xang 2, another one to add on the list. ; )

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      6. Miia Post author

        Good to know about your KB experience so I don’t need to retry it πŸ˜‰

        I stayed about 4 days in Aurangabad and visited the city sites (mini Taj Mahal) plus Ellora and Ajanta. Impressive and beautiful!
        Did you visit Hampi in Karnataka? That’s an awesome site too, probably my favorite in India.

        I have almost finished my series on the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan, a few posts are missing. This April I wrote something about Varanasi. A crazy place with a big soul. So many cool places to see –that’s what I like about India. Each region has its own culture, cuisine, history, etc.

        If you visit LLX II, order the duck, the signature dish I mention in the post πŸ™‚

        PS You are Chinese origin? What are your favorite Chinese restos in Paris?

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      7. wl

        I haven’t had the chance to visit hampi but agree that ellora and ajanta caves were impressive. I first read about them in my history classes when I was 14 and managed to make it there after 10+ years, was so glad I did.

        I’m ethnically chinese but was born in singapore – which makes it rather interesting identity-wise when I’m overseas. I haven’t been to lots and the few I’ve been to with my mainland chinese friends are usually sichuan restaurants (e.g. les trois royaumes) as we crave decently-spicy food. definitely au ciel for hotpot (skip the a la carte menu and just go straight for hotpot) !

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      8. Miia Post author

        Do you say “I am Singaporean Chinese”? The same way ppl identify themselves e.g. as “Malaysian Chinese”…?

        Thanks for the address!! You mean Auciel in the 11th, 97 rue de Charonne? I will try that one! Is hotpot originally Chinese? Is it similar to Vietnamese hotpot?

        Nearby you have Shan Gout, too, but we have mixed feelings about it. I have tried several Chinese restos near Belleville and the 13th and just haven’t found one that I really like. Did I mention Chez Van to you? That’s quite interesting I think! And super cheap.

        PS Last WE I went back to L’Atlantide and it was super tasty!!

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  3. Tiina Tyni

    ice to read a new post from you after a long time!:) Really interesting to get to know good restaurant experiences in Paris. I’ve visited Paris only once and it was not a vey good trip I’m afraid, partly because I couldn’t find a good, authentic Paris restaurant. I would like to give Paris another try someday and knowing where to find good restaurants – French or any other cuisine type – would certainly help. So I would be happy to read any recommendations you have and also the discussion on the topic in the comments area.

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    1. Miia Post author

      Hi Tiina, thanks for your comment and patience too πŸ™‚ I will be more active from now on, promise.

      Like many other big city, Paris can be disappointing if you don’t have some local tips I think. Do you happen to remember at all where you ate? There are many tourist traps around here…

      Let me know when you plan to return and I can help to plan πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, I just prepared a list to someone about affordable (=cheap but still good food) Parisian bistros. You can see it in the comments part of this post: https://pearlspotting.com/2014/07/01/slurp-your-noodles-at-chez-van/

      Otherwise while in Paris, I think one should taste
      a) Crepes & galettes from Bretagne
      b) North African food, see
      https://pearlspotting.com/2013/01/28/algerian-restaurant-in-paris/
      c) Duck & Basque food, see https://pearlspotting.com/2013/02/07/where-to-eat-duck-in-paris/
      d) South East Asian food, https://pearlspotting.com/2014/02/13/lao-lane-xang-2-simply-the-best/

      And lastly, you always have the Little Japan , too πŸ™‚
      And Korean restaurants! Although since my favorite Korean closed, I haven’t found a new one…

      Have a great weekend! Is it already cold in Finland?

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      1. Tiina Tyni

        Hi Miia,

        thank you very much for your recommendations! I will bookmark them! I’m not sure when I would have a chance to visit Paris next time, but I will get in touch when I do. Your blog certainly has plenty of good ideas already:)
        Sorry but I don’t remember what restaurants I went to on my Paris trip, some chain restaurants with not much character…
        Weather has been mild so far in Finland, but this week a cold front is coming and even in the southern part temperatures are expected to sink below zero. No snow expected though below Central Finland -yet.
        I hope you didn’t take my expression wrong about nice to read your blog after a long time. I think it’s kind of admirable that you have a blog but you are not constantly updating it. Even though I enjoy reading your posts very much, I like that you have other things going in your life and you don’t have time to be on social all the time. I think it’s easy to get caught up in “I have a blog or I’m on Twitter, I need to write something meaningful five times a day” cycle. When do you have time to live your life then? I like your blog because you write well on interesting, diverse topics and you take the time to discuss posts with your readers, but you also live your life outside social media and you write posts when you have time. So just keep on doing what you are doing, I don’t mind! πŸ™‚

        Have a good week!
        -Tiina

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      2. Miia Post author

        Hey Tiina,

        Of course not, I didn’t take your comment badly! It is always interesting to hear people’s thoughts. But now I have to tell you something and you will be disappointed (lol) –I didn’t update my blog because I was busy elsewhere. In fact I was really not well and practically stayed in bed for two months 😦 So, contrary to what you thought, unfortunately I didn’t have anything else going on in my life. I wish I had been on an interesting project in Laos or something, far away from wifi and civilization, but the sad truth is that I was just in bed suffering…..
        I feel better now and I will try to post more often. I missed my blog and I feel it is important to do something creative. Moreover, I don’t know if you have lived abroad, but life can get lonely. Paris is not that international…. Internationally-minded ppl go and work in Brussels or London, not Paris… However, interestingly enough, I am kind of creating my own virtual world through my blog, and I like it. I communicate on a daily basis with ppl from all over the world and I find it cool! It makes my life in Paris less boring if this makes sense!! (FYI, I worked in emerging markets during almost 10 years prior to returning to Paris, and I just love the excitement of what those countries can offer. Paris is great for other reasons like food, but work wise not so dynamic)

        But I also hear what you say. I did feel very guilty about not updating and was wondering “what will ppl think of me” (haha, a typical Finnish problem!). Blog or social media should never become an obligation, I agree.

        Long explanation, hope you don’t mind!

        I hear the autumn has been quite pretty in Finland. We had a really warm weekend, 25C, but I am sure it will drop to 10C very soon. Every winter I wish for some snow in Paris πŸ™‚ Let’s see.

        Have a great week and take care. Miia

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      3. Tiina

        Hmm, WordPress is playing tricks with me: I didn’t get a notification that you had replied to my post, and I don’t see a Reply button after your latest reply to me.
        Anyway just wanted to say I’m very sorry to hear that you have been unwell. Hope you are feeling better now. I feel ashamed to have said that it’s good that you have a life outside the web, when you have been ill for long time. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you.
        I’m happy for you that you use blogging successfully to connect with people around the world. Judging from the number of replies your posts get, you have found your own virtual world.
        Interesting to hear that you find life in Paris boring. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that. People usually use adjectives like romantic or beautiful that it’s become a cliche. It’s refreshing to hear a new viewpoint. Maybe because I’m Finnish I appreciate the blunt honesty;).
        Wow, you have summer temperatures there. Enjoy! I’m so used to Finnish four seasons that it feels only natural that winter is coming now, temperatures are going down and I have to put on warmer and warmer clothes.
        Have a good weekend and all the best to you!
        -Tiina

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      4. Miia Post author

        Absolutely no worries!! In fact it kinda strangely cheered me up to know that ppl may think that I’ve been busy partying and taking part in cool gallery openings in Paris πŸ˜‰ Or that I have been touring the world, or better, living in a jungle taking care of gorillas without wifi for 2 months πŸ˜‰

        Maybe it is a bit harsh to say that Paris is boring. Of course I don’t know every single resto, bar, shop and museum, but I arrived here in -99 so I’ve been around πŸ™‚
        I was away for many years but Paris has always been a base. So, naturally it looses its charm. But again, thanks to the blog (this is what my husband thinks!) I have kinda fallen in love with Paris again. I still don’t write any of those “romantic” posts about Paris, just bc I don’t feel like it is me, but maybe one day πŸ˜‰
        Summa summarum, I think anyone who has lived abroad knows that there are ups and downs. Usually there is a honeymoon period in the beginning, then there is a big deception, and then with time, a balance is found…

        Have you lived abroad? And where do you live in Finland/where do you come from?

        You too, enjoy the weekend! My Dad told that it has been -20C Lapland. Wow! I do miss four seasons, but I also like sun shine πŸ™‚

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      5. Tiina

        I guess it’s easy to assume that when someone lives abroad, they automatically live so much more interesting lives. I agree that when you try something new especially in a new location first you feel like on a honeymoon, but later the excitement turns into ordinary life with ups and downs. It’s really interesting to hear you say that you are falling in love again with Paris. It reminds me of old couples who have been together for may years but still they can keep up the spark and they don’t give up on their relationship. Hmm that sounded romantic… :).
        Your blog manages to surprise me always, because you have visited very different countries and seen exotic cultures and you share the experiences on your blog later on too. I feel like I’m travelling on my laptop and I find it fun :).
        I’ve lived most of my life in Pirkanmaa region, and currently I live in Nokia. I haven’t lived abroad, but I’ve travelled quite a lot mainly in Europe and worked one summer abroad too. I’ve been working for large international companies for many years and I have international colleagues and colleagues turned into friends. I find it very interesting and also natural to learn about foreign cultures and societies. I have had my thoughts on living abroad, but so far it hasn’t happened.
        Take care!
        -Tiina

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      6. Miia Post author

        Hey, isn’t the grass always greener on the other side πŸ˜‰ ?

        Where did you work abroad?

        I rarely stop in Tampere but my train (to my parents & summer house) goes via Tre. However, the last time I changed planes in Hki and flew to Tre where I met my parents. We had things to buy at IKEA and afterwards we continued driving to the summer house. I think it was another 3 hours to go.. but a nice ride, light all the time! It always surprises me πŸ™‚

        Have a great week! Sounds like our facade renovation is about to continue (so much noise!). At least it is sunny for a change in Paris!

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      7. Tiina

        Such a busy week that I haven’t had time to reply…hmm so you must come from a place north of Tampere? Or was it that your parents’ summer house is 3h from Tampere? What town/village did you grew up in?
        I saw that you have written a new post and I will try to read it as soon as I can. Looked interesting, as usual πŸ™‚ I need to run now, this time to sauna. Have a good weekend!

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      8. Miia Post author

        I grew up in “famous” Lapua!! A rather bizarre small place with a big ego hahaha….. We have a summer house at Lappajarvi, only 40 minutes from our main house. I don’t remember if you already followed me this past summer but I post something about the summer house every summer (tag “summer house”).

        Enjoy your sauna πŸ™‚ We did some shopping and then ate Lebanese. Gosh it was BAD! I didn’t know one can make bad Lebanese food!!!?

        Have a great weekend you too!

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    1. Miia Post author

      Thanks Sue!! Returning to eat at restaurants is a sign of recovery πŸ˜‰

      Have a lovely weekend. It is 25C today in Paris! Indian summer.

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      1. Miia Post author

        My husband is painting something in the balcony and the weather is lovely, calm and sunny. Will soon leave to run errands. Maybe another Japanese soup later today πŸ™‚
        How is your Sat coming along?

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    1. Miia Post author

      That’s sweet of you πŸ™‚ Thanks!!

      I have already done three Japanese restaurants this week πŸ˜‰ As I don’t eat pork, it is a bit difficult to eat soups, but there seems to be a plenty of places to discover!

      Have a great Saturday! 25C in Paris!!!

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      1. Packing my Suitcase

        πŸ˜€ you’re welcome!

        I loooove Japanese food, and eat it very often here!! Here in Germany there is pork is most of them too, I dont like it!

        Have a great Sunday πŸ˜€ in Germany is around 20 haha

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      2. Miia Post author

        You don’t eat pork either? German sausages?
        It is pretty popular in your native cuisine, isn’t it?
        I think maybe I ate too much of pork in my childhood or something (Finland is a big pork country) because it now truly disgusts me. I sometimes joke and say I don’t eat it out of respect to Muslims, Hindus and Jews but the truth is I find it disgusting as meat…

        So do you usually stick to sushi dishes then?
        Another hot day in Paris πŸ™‚

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      3. Packing my Suitcase

        Im not a fan of pork, I also find it disgusting…and here in Germany almost everything has pork meat 😦 so I always ask before, with which meat its used. I eat it if I dont have other option, but I dont like it, never did.
        I do stick with the sushi dishes hahaha or I like the soups with shrimps or seafood πŸ˜€
        Yesterday it was pretty hot here in Germany.. today again…but rain is coming 😦

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      4. Miia Post author

        Finland too, they put pork everywhere. Even the minced meat is often a mixture of beef and pork (I guess bc pork is cheaper) so if you want to eat meat balls, better check what they are made of…

        Oh and the French are crazy about “lardon”. Do you know what it is? Like tiny fat pieces… They put them in salads, on grilled fish, in quiche, etc. I hate that too.

        Hahah, a long time ago in Uzbekistan, I was at a trade fair and stopped by a sushi bar. You will never believe, but they made sushi out of SAUSAGE! I asked what is this, it is meat, and I was told, no, it is not. I insisted and was finally told it is sausage.
        I guess for them meat is a big steak, but if it is small pieces of meat, it is not real meat. Kind of funny!

        Have a lovely week πŸ™‚ !! We are going to have a facade renovation starting this week, so need to empty the balcony of furniture and plants. Argh. Our bamboo is huge and heavy!

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      5. Packing my Suitcase

        Yes I guess its also because pork is cheaper! Ohhh I also hate lardon 😦 ewww. hahahaa good to know this about Uzbekistan, weird hahaa

        Ohh really?? Good luck with the renovation, I hope it doesnt last so long! hahaha nice that you have a bamboo in your balcony, pretty cool πŸ˜€

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      6. Miia Post author

        They were supposed to start today and no sign of anyone… oh well! I don’t think they will be done by Xmas.

        Yes we have a bamboo, a small Finnish tree my parents brought to Paris, an olive tree plus other plants & flowers πŸ™‚ Since the bamboo, the neighbor’s cat likes to come to our balcony πŸ™‚

        Do you live in a flat? In the center or outside?

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      7. Miia Post author

        We are in a flat that we bought just over two years ago. During 4 months there was a huge renovation (originally there was no bathroom!! the building is from 1870!!) and finally in Oct 2012 we moved in. We are happy!! We wanted a flat in an old building, on an upper floor and with a balcony but the real estate market is very tough in Paris so we were quite desperate… until we found by pure luck what we wanted! But what a nightmare it was. I think I visited over 100 apartments! Argh.

        Do you have family who can take care of the dog while you travel?

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        Ohh my, I know how things are with estate market in Paris… a nightmare!!! Everything so expensive 😦
        Lucky to have found something, even though needing renovation… its good so now you can leave it the way you prefer πŸ˜€

        When we travel by car my dog comes along… when we travel by plane then he stays at a dog hotel πŸ˜€

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        Your dog has a luxury life πŸ™‚ !!!
        Does he/she eat foie gras also πŸ™‚ ?

        Our facade renovation started today. Lots of metal noise! We don’t have curtains in the living room (no need bc no direct neighbors) but I guess I have to get used to covering myself up πŸ™‚

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  4. Indah Susanti

    Ebi Yasai Itame looks delicious! Perhaps I will visit the restaurant when in Paris. Asian restaurants in Paris are surprisingly good and not to expensive. I tried a Vietnamese restaurant in Paris last year and it was so delicious that I miss it so much..
    Hope you are feeling better now, sending you best wishes from windy Netherlands..and hoope sun is shining in Paris!

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      Wait, I have another great resto, same prices, but one level up πŸ™‚ Will write it up soon.

      Btw do you eat pork?

      Are you planning a trip to Paris this year? Let me know πŸ™‚
      Happen to remember what was that Vietnamese resto you went to?

      Yes I agree, Paris has great Asian restaurants (especially Sth East Asian). I think it is bc of the historical connection to the region. There is an excellent Thai-Laotian-Vietnamese place I go to often, called Lao Lane Xang II. The duck I mention in the post is their signature dish and one of the best dishes in this world!!
      https://pearlspotting.com/2014/02/13/lao-lane-xang-2-simply-the-best/

      The wind started in Paris too. I was taking a nap and was woken up by heavy rain. Autumn is here, finally!

      Thanks for your wishes.

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        Yup, I do eat pork only fish that I’d prefer to avoid πŸ˜‰ I will visit Paris next year and I will let you know once the plan sets up! I have a friend who lives there as well, she is the one who brought me to that Vietnamese restaurant, I will ask her the name of the restaurant – she was my guide and I was a lazy tourist πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
        That Lao Lane Xang sounds great – three delicious cuisines as one?! I am curious!
        Ugh, I think we share similar weather – windy and rainy here… 😦

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        La carte is divided by three different cuisines, so it is not all mixed up πŸ˜‰ (I am personally not that much of a fan of fusion food and like to stick to traditional ways of cooking I guess).

        I am curious to know the name of the Vietnamese resto if you can find it out!

        So windy that I may not leave the apartment today at all πŸ™‚

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  5. Indah Susanti

    Hi Miia..hope the weather is getting better in Paris! It is still windy here but at least it was sunny during the day πŸ™‚ I got the name of the Vietnamese restaurant that I have been to with my friend, She said it is called Lau Duong at Avenue Choisy. It is sort of the restaurant for Indonesian students in Paris to hang out as well πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I check in tripadvisor and I think it is the restaurant – http://www.tripadvisor.fr/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d718779-Reviews-Lao_Douang_Chan-Paris_Ile_de_France.html
    Their noodle menu was really nice – it was with the pork one that I ate πŸ™‚

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      Ok cool, thanks! I will check if they have anything without pork! Lao Lane Xang is in that area too πŸ™‚

      Did you ask if your friend knows LLX?

      Have to go and cook now! Have a great evening. Autumn is definitely here…

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      Is she on WordPress? The address pls?
      There are few Indonesia restos here I have been to, but I don’t know if they are any good… for a native I mean.

      Greetings from rainy Paris, wishing you a happy Sat πŸ™‚

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      1. Indah Susanti

        Yup..this is her blog – http://wow.narizza.wordpress.com/ I can send you her e-mail as well..I already tell her about you πŸ˜‰
        Hm, not sure about Indonesian restaurant in Paris, but even in the Netherlands where there are plenty of Indonesians, it is very rare to find Indonesian restaurants with real Indonesian tastes..mostly already adjust to European taste. Like the satay for example – gosh, in Indonesia we have smaller size of satay and should be grilled/BBQ style not fried πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
        Have a nice evening πŸ™‚

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        Just checked her blog –some of her writing is in Indonesian πŸ˜‰ !

        Should she want to get in touch, you have my email…. but no worries of she doesn’t, seems she has been here for a while now, and everyone has their own routines…

        There are many Indonesians in the Netherlands, didn’t know!

        Have a great week πŸ™‚

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