Hokkaido rules the roost as rue Saint-Anne’s best Ramen joint.
To be fair, it is actually on Rue Chabanais – a much sleepier street perpendicular to rue Saint-Anne – but it still kills the competition with its delicately flavoured soups and cloud-like gyoza.
Kirin Ichiban on tap, modern Dyson-equipped bathrooms, elongated banquettes facing a long, lean stainless steel open kitchen and beautiful wood panelled walls.
After a thorough refurbishment, its joins Kunitoraya and Restaurant Sara, as one of the handful of Japanese cheap-eats in Paris with a rare nod to interior design.
For a lowly €13 you can indulge in a generous bowl of silky seasoned porc noodle soup, accompanied by a serve of lusciously light gyoza.
Our favourite dish is Hokkaido’s Miso Ramen with Karanegi – shredded leeks mixed with chili oil – served with tender slices of braised fatty pork (Chashu). Washed down with an ice cold Stein of Kirin.
But for those with a more refined carbohydrate driven hunger, there is Katsudon, Bento Boxes and huge plates of Yakisoba. It’s a mid-week diner’s dream.
Impress fellow hipsters: Miso-style Ramen, made from fermented bean paste, allegedly originated in 1965 in Hokkaido, Japan.
Hokkaido, 14 Rue Chabanais 75002
T. +33 (0)1 42 60 50 95
W. no website
Metro: Bourse, Quatre-Septembre, Pyramides
Thursday – Tuesday 11.30am – 10.30pm