Food, Paris

Sanukia

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you Sanukia, an authentic and probably one of the best Japanese Udon restaurants in Paris. Located near Opera Garnier, this orange canopy will catch your attention from distance, and there’s usually a line to get in.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is relatively small and have many individual seats toward the wall and the kitchen, which made me think it’s more authentic. Their menu is full of noodles in different styles. I ordered a lunch menu of tempura udon with side dish and a drink. With your lunch menu, you can only order appetizer + menu (+€5 to the main menu), or appetizer + menu + drink (+€7 to the main menu) For drink, I had calpis, one of typical Japanese sweet milky soda. In your udon, you can add up more toppings as you wish. I only added grated radish(€1), but the onsen tamago (poached egg, €2) is one of the most popular toppings.

Menu and Service

For appetizer, a bowl of burdock rice, fried chicken, eggs, and some salad were served. If you’re a small eater, probably this entrée can fill you up enough. Even if you’re not a small eater, I do recommend you not to finish all at once, since Udon is also mostly made out of flour (carbonate) and you’ll be full very easily.

The tempura udon was full of fried vegetables and shrimps. The soup was served separately to keep your fries crispy. The noodle was very well-cooked so did fries. The portion is quite big, thus I couldn’t finish all.

The servers were very friendly and considerate. It was a very sunny day, thus they prepared umbrellas so that we could use it to block some Sunshine. The food wasn’t served that quickly since many people were waiting, but the quality of the food was awesome.

Overall, it was a good idea to visit here. The only thing I didn’t liked was the price. It was about €25 for the menu and it seems a bit overpriced to me. To me, it’s a price for sushi not for udon. But if I miss udon, I think I would go back to this place because it’s the best udon place I’ve ever been to in Paris.

Hope this review help you to choose a right restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 9 Rue d’Argenteuil, 75001 Paris, France

Hours :  11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Paris, Places

The Palais Garnier

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you the Palais Garnier also known as Opera. As a symbol of Paris, the Palais Garnier is an eye-catching architecture from far distance with its green roof and fancy decoration. It has a distinct architect style called <Napoleon III>, which includes Baroque, Renaissance, and Classicism all together. The Palais Garnier is also famous for the background of the book written by Gaston Leroux and the musical <the Phantom of the Opera>.

First it was built as the Académie Royale de Danse(Royal Academy of Dance) by Louis XIV in 1661. At that moment, it aimed to train dancers and formalize choreographic. Eight years later, Académie Royale de Musique (Royal Academy of Music) was created and this place started focus on dance and music. The name of the building followed after the architect Charles Garnier. Today, it’s primarily used for ballet and opera performances by Paris Opera Ballet, while the Opera Bastille is a home symphony and some ballet performances.

I reserved <The Paris Opera 350th Anniversary> tour to look around here. It takes 1h 20 mins and it costs €18. This tour is more focused on the history of the Paris Opera. If you’re interested in the structure of the building or general information on it, you can also take <The Opera Garnier Day Tour> which lasts 1h 20 mins(same) and costs €17. Considering that the entrance ticket costs €14 and the audio guide is €5, the guided tour seems to be a good deal.

Don’t forget to exchange your online reservation voucher to a ticket. You might have to line up and wait to get your ticket, thus I recommend you to arrive at least 15 mins before your reservation time. When you get your ticket, you should present one of your ID card. Then, wait for your guide in the waiting room. Your guide will distribute the audio system and check whether it works well or not. After checking the audio system, your tour begins. You can stay as long as you want after the tour until it closes.

You would be amazed by its opulence Grand Staircase when you step in the building. In the middle, there’s a big staircase decorated with marbles and fancy candle sticks and sculptures. Standing there and seeing people taking pictures, I felt as if I were a celebrity. It is breathtaking.

After learning some history of the Palais Garnier, I visited Auditorium and had an opportunity to sit down and listen to the history. The auditorium is impressive, and the guide explained us some scenes of the Phantom of the Opera such as where the phantom appears, etc. Plus, if there’s no performance going on, you could see a preparation room on the right end of the stage where Edgar Degas got inspirations when he painted his ballet series. Normally, it’s blocked with stage decorations, thus it’s hard to see.

The chandelier on the roof is full of Marc Chagall’s painting. He painted performances presented in the Palais Garnier. He added some flavors to this classical decoration.

The Grand Foyer is also an important spot to look. Decorated with candle sticks and paintings, the salon was similar to the Palace of Versailles. There’s a balcony where you can see the view of Paris. Don’t miss it!

Overall, the building is beautifully decorated and a great example of the prosperity of France. It might be a good idea to dress up moderately to get nice pictures if you plan to visit there. I stayed there for about two hours including the tour and it was enough.

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon. 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (self-guided tour),

Admission for the participant of the guided tour hour is different depending on your tour schedule

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