Kodawari Ramen: two words to name one of the most coveted and enjoyed Japanese restaurants in Paris. Inaugurated in Spring 2016 by Jean-Baptiste Meusnier – former fighter plane pilot – the place keeps on creating impressive queues on the rue Mazarine in Paris 6th arrondissement.
Tourists as well as regulars – us included – are crazy about it. Because in addition to provide delicious ramen (including the unbelievable Kurogoma Ninniku Ramen based on black sesame) for an affordable rate, Kodawari Ramen invites us to go on a sensory and totally unique trip. By the way, we remind you that the restaurant has been awarded the Palme d’Or 2017 of the Leaders Club France.
On the spot, we feel like being in Japan with the unmissable gadgets as well as the paper lanterns, the exposed cables and even this faux manhole cast in the Shibuya neighborhood in Tokyo. Our hears have even been surprised by the ambiance soundtrack of a Tokyo street recorded by Jean-Baptiste Meusnier during one of his countless trips to Japan.
In 2019, Jean-Baptiste Meusnier strikes again by opening a new and second Kodawari Ramen address in Paris and it’s even more surprising!
To discover it, brace yourself, Kodawari Tsukiji officially opens on rue de Richelieu, in the 2nd arrondissement, starting Saturday May 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
We’ve had the chance to discover this restaurant before anyone else for two launch days for some lucky patrons.
And let’s say it now, Kodawari Ramen Tsukiji has a wonderful experience in store: it’s even crazier but still as delicious.
Once the door is open, we’re greeted by a waiter wearing an apron and white rubber boots. We quickly understand why… We’re in the middle of an incredible fish market.
The illusion is perfect, with this humidity feeling and these puddles on the floor, these fake fishes, shells and crustaceans in hampers and other polystyrene boxes, these bags hanging from the ceiling and the many Japanese inscriptions… A soundtrack is also played, and we can hear the sounds of a market, seagulls… And last but not least, the mouthwatering smell coming from the kitchen filters the air.
In other word, the magnificent (movie) décor is set: we’re in the famous Tsukiji market, the biggest fish market in the world that unfortunately had to close on October 6, 2018 after 83 of good and loyal services. Kodawari Tsukiji pays tribute to this Tokyo market for our greatest joy.
Once we’ve admired the décor and taken many pictures, let’s seat at the counter or one of the big wood tables next to other patrons for more conviviality. And this is where we discover the unique ramen menu highlighting… fish, of course!
But before this, we go for one of the starters and fall for the plate of “Gyoza Kodawari” including two delicious open dumplings with gyoza bream stuffing and spicy miso dressing.
For the rest of the starters, Kodawari Tsukiji provides edamame, homemade wakame (sesame and seaweed salad) or even some “Abri de sardines” (marinated semi-cooked and grilled sardines and fishbone cracker).
Then, we have the ramen menu providing no fewer than 7 different bowls (from €12 to €15) including the “Sardine BOMB!!” (thick Breton sardines broth, free range Basque pork from Peio braised for 12 hours, grilled scallion, niboshi), as well as a cold seabream ramen and the “Homard Mazmen” (broth-less ramen with seasoned lobster jus, lobster quenelle, free range Basque pork from Peio braised for 12 hours) or even some sea herb ramen and the “Chintan de St Jacques” (light scallop broth, pulled and crispy scallops).
As for is, we went for the delicious “Chintan de Dorade Sauvage” (clear Normand seabream broth, grilled pulled seabream, chick chasu and Hokkigai) and the “Paitan de dorade sauvage et lotte” (thick 5-hour broth, pulled grilled seabream, free range Basque pork from Peio). We love this surf and turf mix!
For bigger appetites, the restaurant also provides the Chef’s suggestions, as well as toppings such as the delicious Tamago (soft-boiled egg marinated for 12 hours), pork chashu and even pulled grilled seabream.
To end on a sweet note, enjoy some caramelized scallop rice pudding, Japanese homemade ice creams or the traditional Taiyaki flavored with matcha or soba praline, in partnership with Tomo patisserie.
And to wash it all down, go for a Kirin beer, Japanese sangria or the unforgettable Umeshu (Japanese prune wine) or even sake.
As for Kodawari Ramen, Kodawari Tsukiji highlights a short circuit and quality ingredients as well as homemade dishes made without glutamates. Also, wild grey seabreams are coming straight from Normandy. Sardines and angler fishes come from Concarneau in Brittany. As for noodles, they are made with wheat especially used for ramen and coming from the restaurant’s own field in Acy Romance.
You get it now, Kodawari Tsukiji is such a good surprise. All our senses have been seduced by this incredible journey the restaurant offers us to experience. We’re sure Kodawari Tsukiji will meet the same success as its sibling and queues will be as long as the ones on rue de Richelieu…
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 18 June 2020
Kodawari Ramen Tsukiji
12 Rue de Richelieu
75001 Paris 1