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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Japanese curry in a hipster area.

Who’s it for? Anyone who thinks the only good Japanese dish is sushi.

What should I order? The Japanese fried chicken curry with tamago sauce.

How much? €11-12.80 for mains, and potato croquettes for €2.

A few metres from Marché des Enfants Rouges, on rue du Pont-aux-Choux, is Taeko Inaï’s Japanese curry joint. This pint-sized address has only four tables and eight seats, so it’s not the kind of place to while away the hours – but it is sublime for a quick lunch.

The Kezako curry is served in a metal bowl with Japanese rice and a choice of beef, breaded pork or fried chicken. Simmered for hours, this syrupy, spicy sauce is made with a curry paste of twenty different spices, carrots, apples, soy sauce and even a dash of chocolate. Perfectly cooked fried chicken is moist and tender inside – but go even bigger on the protein with a tamago egg, marinated in soy sauce, sake and sugar. Restorative, delicious and a little bit naughty. We’re big fans.

Written by
Jill Cousin


18 rue du Pont-aux-Choux
Metro: Fille du Calvaire
Curry €12.50
Opening hours:
Tue-Sat 11.30am-7.30pm
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