You’ve always dreamed of going to Japan, to immerse yourself in that rich culture, or simply would you like to go back? In that case, what better way than gastronomy to be in a zen and exotic atmosphere during a meal? To discover or rediscover Japanese culinary art, here is a selection of the best restaurants that will take you to Japan.
Ao Izakaya €€€€
12 Rue de Caumartin, 75009 Paris
If you want to have a great time in an intimate setting and enjoy an excellent Japanese cuisine, come discover the universe of chef Yasuo Nanaumi.
Coming directly from Japan, he will introduce you to traditional dishes of quality thanks to a refined cuisine with rich flavors. The chic and minimalist decor and the open kitchen will allow you to appreciate even more your meal as you are going to be immersed in this different culture.
With a diversified menu like at Ao Izakaya, you will enjoy a great selection of Japanese tapas (hot or cold), sushi, nigiri sushi or even sashimi.
A multitude of traditional dishes all unique and original with a touch of French inspiration. A real testimony of the chef’s gastronomic experience.
To live the Japanese culinary art experience to the fullest, don’t hesitate in taking the Carte blanche menu that will take you places with its 7 traditional dishes served to you.
Whether it be for the quality of the dishes, the atmosphere, or the service, to eat at Ao Izakaya is an experience worth having!
Menus: €69 for the Carte Blanche menu
Website: http://aoizakaya.com/ (only available in French)
Matsuhisa Paris €€€€
37 Av. Hoche, 75008 Paris
The notorious Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and the Palace Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris have joined forces to open the first Matsuhisa restaurant in France, since March 2016.
In the kitchen, Executive Chef Hideki Endo and his brigade of sushi masters deliver their very contemporary vision of Peruvian-Japanese cuisine, the fruit of the gastronomic encounter of the two cultures dear to Nobu Mastuhisa.
The menu, generous and exotic, is a culinary journey that mixes with the codes of Japanese gastronomy with the exoticism of flavors and techniques inspired by Latin America.
Among the signature dishes, we find the Albacore tuna sashimi accompanied by jalapeno peppers, the black ‘Black Cod’ and its miso sauce.
The Chef has also taken up the game of working with exceptional French local products: Wagyu nigiri with black truffles, whole lobster and its wasabi pepper sauce or even grilled octopus, spinach maki and its coriander vinaigrette.
So many pleasures to marry with a sharp selection of sakes and original cocktails, to end on a sweet note with the creations of Pastry Chef Quentin Lechat.
Menu: 130€ for the Omakase menu
Miss Kō €€€
49-51 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris
Embark for a really different Japanese ambiance in this restaurant with an unusual contemporary decor created by the famous French designer Philippe Starck. This atypical address was made up around a fictional character named Miss Kō: a woman with a body covered in tattoos inspired from Asia. This is also how the walls are decorated.
The originality is also in the dishes. Of course, there is not only Japanese dishes on the menu but the ones that are served here have original and quirky tastes that are worth trying! For example, you can try the “rock n’rolls” sushi in which some have mango or even pineapple.
If you want to have a trendy meal that is out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate in coming to Miss Kō.
Menus: lunch menu at €24
Website: https://www.miss-ko.com/ (only available in French)
8 Rue Suger, 75006 Paris
You will have to make a great effort if you want to eat at Shu! Go through a tiny door to land in a restaurant as unusual as its entrance: an ancient cellar of many centuries.
As if you were cut off from the rest of the world, you will be able to enjoy the different Japanese dishes and more precisely their specialties: the kushiage.
This traditional dish is made of vegetables, crustaceans or meat deep fried at the end of little wooden sticks. So start your journey with this specialty before continuing on loving other traditional dishes.
This atypical scene and the good food will transport you to this country of the other side of the world.
Menus: from €42 to €52
Kodawari Ramen €€
29 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris
To enjoy some good quality ramen as if you were really in Japan, this is what this restaurant has to offer to you, with a remarkable setting of a typical street of Tokyo more realistic than ever. A change of scene guaranteed!
One amazing aspect of this restaurant is that the food, coming from far away, is achieved with local products of excellent quality. Especially their broth and ramen noodles that are homemade, what has the benefit of reinforcing the authenticity of the dishes.
So you will be able to choose among a variety of homemade ramen and add the toppings of your choice, between €1 and €3, in order to create the perfect recipe that will take you to Japan.
Be careful, Kodawari Ramen doesn’t take any bookings, so keep in mind that you’ll have to arrive early.
Menus: ramen from €12
Website: https://www.kodawari-ramen.com (only available in French)
Ayako Teppanyaki €€
67 Rue de l’Ouest, 75014 Paris
If you want to experience a surprising meal, you have to go to Ayako Teppanyaki. As it is mentioned in its name, you will have the opportunity to watch the chef work right before your eyes thanks to the Japanese method of the teppanyaki: the use of a hot plate to cook your food… at your table!
You heard it right, it’s around this peculiar table that you will taste succulent Japanese dishes thanks to the chef’s agility. Grilled food and cooked vegetables on the hot plate but also other dishes: a unique experience guaranteed.
Be careful, think about booking a table with a teppanyaki if you do not want to miss out on the “dinner show”.
Menus: from €14.50 for the Shake menu
Website: http://www.ayako.fr (only available in French)
C’Roll Sushi €€
156 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
You must have understood it, the specialty of this restaurant is rolls of maki with a diversity of flavors. Served up to 8 or 10 pieces, the price can range from €8.50 to €18.90.
The most difficult part will be to choose among the 30 different rolls presented on the menu and served with an amazing homemade sauce!
Of course, you will also be able to enjoy other traditional dishes that are not missing on the menu.
The authenticity of Japanese cuisine is here mixed with the use of local products of quality to offer you the best experience possible.
Menus: from €13
Website: http://www.crollsushi.fr/ (only available in French)
8 Rue de l’Échelle, 75001 Paris
If you want to enjoy some delicious homemade ramen, domburi and other Japanese specialties, you must go to the Zen. With its precursory name, this restaurant will embark you immediately into a typical Japanese ambiance.
For lunch, you can choose from a selection of ramen between €11 and €17. For dinner, you can enjoy a menu with more choice. For example, you can give the Sakura menu a try for €35 that will offer you two appetizers, sashimi and one main dish of your choice between grilled salmon, breaded pork or chicken tempura. This will give you a great example of what Japanese gastronomy has to offer.
Are you a sake lover? If so, come have a taste of this typical Japanese alcoholic beverage at the Zen and make your choice out of a great selection of products.
Even if you can’t book a table for lunch, you can still do so for dinner.
Menus: from €25 to €58
84 Rue de Maubeuge, 75009 Paris
Located near the Montmartre district, this restaurant offers you multiple choices of Japanese dishes à la carte and also a great variety of menus. For the lunch one at €9.70 you can choose two main dishes among a great selection of sushi, maki, sashimi, gyozas and more.
In addition to the lunch and dinner menus, you have also the yakitori, tray, chirashi or even boat menus. There is something for every taste!
So, the welcoming and family-oriented atmosphere of the restaurant offers you a genuine experience of Japanese culture in the heart of Paris.
Menus: from €10
Website: https://www.yamadaya.fr (only available in French)
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