Sometimes Sundays are for cooking. But often times I find myself with a clean house, and an unwillingness to do anything that requires even the slightest amount of effort. We’ve all been there. I continue to go there, repeatedly. So I turn to Japanese. Here in Paris, many casual Japanese restaurants are all you can eat. This essentially is a golden ticket to food paradise, and it usually doesn’t cost more than 12 euros at lunch time or 16 euros at night or on Sundays.
Both locals and tourists alike would be happy to know about deals like this, because many times when we order food or eat out we don’t order as much as we’d like just to save a bit of money. I have no idea how restaurants like this make money because every time I go, I go with a vengeance. Ready for battle. Determined to conquest every piece of food in that place. You get the idea.
Normally I will order three or four rounds of food; which often includes sushi and sashimi, maki rolls, gyoza and spring rolls, grilled skewers called brochettes of many different meats, seafoods and vegetables, and many restaurants often have noodle dishes and desserts as well. My secret is to not order too much with rice, though sashimi is generally only available at night time. It’s usually table service, not buffet style, and you can order as many rounds of food with the waitress as you’d like. She gives a piece of paper and you just check off what you’d like and how many. The only thing is that you must eat everything you order. There is a fee of one or two euro for each thing you don’t eat, to avoid wastefullness.
One thing to keep an eye out for is this strange favorite of French people; the brochette beouf au fromage, which I’m sure was developed here in Paris to appeal to the French more, as it most certainly doesn’t exist in the US or Japan. It’s a mild cheese stick shaped like a string cheese, with a thin piece of beef rolled around it. I’m sure they use carpaccio pieces to make this. One more thing I love about Japanese restaurants here is that they have sweet soy sauce instead of salty soy sauce, which I’ve grown accustomed to and really enjoy! So, if you’re in Paris and want to devour a mostly healthy meal in large quantities for a small price, look up a Japanese restaurant à volonté, aka all you can eat. Pair with a cold Tsing Tao (yes, the chinese one) or a refreshing Asahi beer and enjoy!
By the way, these restaurants are everywhere, including in the center or the city and near tourist attractions. I’ve been to several Japanese restaurants around Paris and have always been pleased with freshness and quality.