…is always the last thought as I lick my soy-kissed lips and finish my Gyoza entrée at Higuma. This Japanese restaurant is practically famous for these succulent little grilled pork parcels. Just a 5-minute stroll from the Opera Garnier, Higuma almost always has a trail of loyal patrons waiting patiently outside. If you’re as fortunate as I was you’ll end up waiting in line next to the huge kitchen window, compelled to watch as sizzling noodles are tossed around an enormous wok.
I’ve sampled almost everything from the Miso Lamen noodle soup to the Tendon fried rice tempura dish but I think my favourite is the classic Yaki Soba. This stir-fry is packed with thinly sliced pork, squid rings, wheat noodles, mushrooms, carrots, green peppers and topped with a mound of pickled ginger. And if any of those ingredients don’t take your fancy, feel free to eliminate them when you order – the staff are speedy but fairly accommodating, which is quite frankly a luxury considering the service at most Parisian eateries.
Although it’s far from a greasy fast-food chain, Higuma does operate on a pretty fast-paced schedule. The kitchen is set right in the middle of the restaurant and meals are plated up and served in a matter of minutes – perfect for a cheeky lunch-time treat, but if you’re after an intimate, candle-lit first date destination then this might not be your best bet.
Higuma – 163 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001 * Métro – Pyramides
A plate of 7 Gyoza will set you back a mere €5 but there’s also a set menu of 5 gyoza + a main dish for just €10.
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