By Christy Velasquez
A new Japanese restaurant in the up and coming Lyon seventh district
Fujiyama 55, a modern Izakaya, located on boulevard Jean-Jaurès, began their culinary journey at La Commune, a food hall located in the seventh district.
They officially opened their restaurant in late August 2019 and serve classic ramen flavors and traditional Japanese specialties.
Lunch in Fujiyama 55, ramen restaurant in Lyon
It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was with a friend wandering around Lyon’s seventh wondering where to grab lunch. A friend of ours suggested Fujiyama 55 and as soon as we saw their menu, we knew this was the spot to try.
As you walk into the restaurant, your eyes gravitate to the beautiful wood installation running along the ceiling of the restaurant. The décor is clean, simplistic and modern. The ambiance has a casual feel and the menu is straightforward ramen.
Discover Traditional Japanese Flavors in Lyon 7th
For lunch, they have a “Formule Midi,” which includes an entrée and plat (an appetizer and a main dish). The appetizer consists of three pieces of pork or vegetable gyozas and for the main dish, you can choose from six varieties of ramen.
For our appetizers, we had the pork gyozas, which are Japanese dumplings filled with minced pork and vegetables wrapped in a light dough.
These were not your average gyozas, either. The dumpling dough was light and delicate with a nice pan-seared crust and a simple pork filling that packed a punch and will have you wanting more.
The fried rice was an added bonus. It was not part of the lunch menu, but our waitress was kind enough to let us order it. Perfectly executed, it reminded me of some of the best fried rice I have had in Los Angeles.
The rice was cooked just right with a balanced pork flavor and the crunch from the sliced green onions and diced pork added a contrasting texture. Authentic and flavorful, you can’t go wrong with this dish.
Tonkatsu Ramen, traditional Japanese soup
Now about the ramen! Tonkatsu ramen, a traditional Japanese ramen soup, you can find in every ramen shop and everyone has their version.
My ramen of choice was the Tonkatsu Spicy with a soft-boiled egg, which I highly recommend. The runny yolk of the egg adds a creamy element to the ramen.
The broth, typically made of pork bones and simmered for a really really long time, creates a depth in flavor that is bold yet mild at the same time. The spice level was at a minimum, but just enough to wake up the palate.
The chashu, Japanese pork belly, was so tender and thinly sliced, it practically fell apart when I picked it up with my chopsticks. The thin noodles which were swimming in the delicious broth still had a bite and the additional garnishes of green onions, minced pork, sesame seeds, and seaweed rounded out the bowl of deliciousness.
You can make reservations at Fujiyama 55 on La Fourchette and they speak English.