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Happa Teï - Not so happy Rio Yeti report

Rio Yeti | Dec 22, 201101:05 AM

I thought we talked about this restaurant somewhere, but I couldn't find the thread... So here goes.

This little trendy joint on rue St. Anne is (to my knowledge) the only place in Paris to have Takoyaki (fried balls of dough with octopus, from Osaka). It was my first experience eating takoyaki, and I was a bit disappointed. Although the ball itself was really nice and gooey with a thin crisp exterior, the dime-size piece of octopus was hard and rubbery with no flavor... Too bad...

I then had an Okonomiyaki (japanese omelet) with calamari. Surprisingly the calamari itself was incredibly tender, with a nice grilled flavor, however the omelet was a real mess... not cooked right, with a sticky consistency, drowned in mayonnaise and barbecue sauce (my taste buds felt attacked by the quantity and pungency of the sauce), with way too much katsuobushi put on top of it imparting way too much smokiness to the dish... unlike Takoyaki, I've had Okonomiyaki once in London at the Brick Lane Market. My reaction there was as follows:
1. Stay in line, hungry, and a bit excited (I've heard of Okonomiyaki before)
2. Share the omelet sitting on the floor.
3. Getting up, zombie glare, must... have...another... one...
4. Eating, or should I say devouring a second Okonomiyaki !

This was nothing like London...

All in all, it's a snack-style place, with simple "street food", so I wouldn't be so upset about Happa Teï if it didn't cost 25€ a person for half a plate of takoyaki (shared between 2 people), one okonomiyaki each, and one Kirin each...

I'm not happa... not happa at all...

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