Here’s a Japanese restaurant that is worth a visit for its rich imaginary interior decoration alone. Step outside of Paris and into Kodawari Ramen, where you are directly transported into an idealized version of an old Kyoto neighborhood. Wood, rice paper, lanterns and many Japanese characters on flags and signs and even an old television add to the cosiness. I could have taken pictures of every corner.
As for the food, Kodawari only serves five kinds of ramen, served like colorful artworks in beautiful bowls. Although they contain traditional Japanese ingredients (black sesame sauce, for example), they do have a French touch: the “seasonal” ramen contains pumpkin. Why not!
Also you might be exposed to friendly encounters, if you’re open to it. There are several seats at the bar and the top floor has a large shared table. Early dining is recommended, as the restaurant does not take any reservations and queues quickly extend after 19:30.