Restaurants , Japanese Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est
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A warm welcome awaits you in this soberly decorated Japanese canteen, staffed by three enthusiastic ladies who preside over a raft of bento boxes filled with delicious salads, well-cooked meats and omosubis – little balls of rice flavoured according to the recipe of the day (seaweed, spinach, corn and peppers, courgettes and miso, etc.). Everything is elegantly arranged and available in three sizes, always with a vegetarian option, and priced from €7 to €13 for a bento box and from €11 to €17 for a formule complète with soup, salad or a drink. If you get there early, grab one of the two wooden tables or perch at the counter, though the place is really set up for takeaway.

Open just a few days when we visited in February 2013, the small failings – a slightly dry omosubi, a slightly listless salad ­– could easily be forgiven. Overall, everything was excellent and this charming place will be a favourite once it has settled in.

Venue name: Mussubï
Address: 89 rue d'Hauteville

Opening hours: Du lundi au vendredi de midi à 15h. Fermé le samedi et le dimanche
Transport: Métro : Poissonnière, Gare de l'Est ou Gare du Nord
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