Chez Taeko is a small Japanese "stall" inside the Marché des Enfants Rouges that reminds me of Hibino in Brooklyn. Pingle visited before and told me it was a must-go so off we went for a Saturday afternoon lunch. I got the pork Tonkatsu which was appropriately thick, crispy at the edges and deeply juicy. I carved it into chopstick-manageable hunks and didn't talk for about 15 minutes as I eviscerated it. It came with sides of rice, bean sprouts and sashimi.
Pingle got the beef Sukiyaki and glanced over at me with a self-satisfying smile that said "you wish you ordered this, Dodo." I took a few bites and I agree - it was very good. The beef was thinly-sliced, tender and delicious.
The specials of the day were written on chalk boards that the waitresses carried around and placed in front of the newly-seated for a few moments. I don't have any evidence, but it suggests that they rotate their menu a lot, which makes me want to visit again soon to try something different.
Here's a shot of the "stall", one of many inside the Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of the oldest covered markets in Paris.
Take a look at this short movie, this is me walking in and around the many market stalls. Chez Taeko shows up at 1:16.