Looking for “bento” on the internet, you’ll find pictures of cute rice balls with eyes and smiles, radishes cut in the shape of rabbits or octopuss sausages, nicely arranged in boxes. Actually, Japanese bento are much more than that. A bento is the Japanese art of take-away food. everywhere in Japan you can find these boxes, filled with a complete and balanced meal. In Paris, there are a few places where we can get some.
Juji-ya, as numerous good addresses for Japanese food in Paris, is located rue Sainte Anne. Juji-ya proposes a selection of bentos built around a Japanese meat or fish (but there’s also an option for vegetarian bento), together with plain rice and three side dishes that you can chose among a dozen possibilities. You can eat in or take the bento away and costing 10/12€, prices are very reasonable. The place is quite popular and lines may be long at lunch time.
I try to go there every time I can before taking a train. Usually I take the fried chichen or the teryaki chicken balls, together with Japanese potato salad (I’ll tell you more about it in this website someday), candied eggplant and a third siding depending on my mood and what is available.
Lundi au samedi 10h-22h, dimanche 10h-21h