The world renowned haute cuisine from Japan — sushi — sure offers colourful plates. With a big variety of pretty little dishes to share, the washoku cuisine never seems to not tickle our palate. The delights from the Far East includes everything from cut fresh fish, grilled eggplants with miso and cooked vegetables, all prepared with great love and precision. We let our curiosity guide us and took a tour around Paris, only to find the best Japanese sushi bars.
On the ground floor of the Pavillon Ledoyen**, lies L’Abysse**, the sushi restaurant of the 3-star Michelin chef Yannick Alleno. Here, everything is prepared in true Japanese style, all while respecting the greatest rules of the art. From the fishing techniques of Ike-Jime, to the maturation of the fish and the thoughtfully chosen rice, nothing is left to chance by this black belt in sushi. A distinct know-how attitude combined with concentrated French technique is what makes the tasting menu a truly epic one — sweet almonds cream with a sprinkle of salt, shark fin soup, tofu with green peas, trout roe and then of course the graciously cut sashimi. The cherry on top? An avalanche of desserts, all of which are equally delicious: light cheesecake, roasted peaches with matcha, strawberries in a sugar crust with seaweed, the list doesn’t seem to see an end.
8 Avenue Dutuit, 75008 Paris
Phone: 01 53 05 10 00
Welcome to Kanadé, the Tokyoite spot run by Julien Osade and Yujiro Yagi, a bilingual duo, who play up the United Colors of Bento by serving multicoloured tuna and sashimi. Settle in at the bar, and take in the mesmerizing simmering, cutting and preparing. The Japanese classics — tempura eggs, grilled eggplant with miso, bowls of fresh udon, sautéed tofu and avocado — are all freshly prepared on-site at the chef’s discretion. The wine list, which marries French and Japanese bottles, features a prune wine, which alone is worth paying this venue a visit.
8 Rue de Ventadour, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 42 60 63 65
If you’re looking for a sake and sushi bar that takes the word expert to another level, look no more. EnYaa, which can be found a few steps from the Royal Palace in Paris, has a tasting menu that combines sashimi of melting tuna, vegetable tempura, mackerel sushi and caramelized duck. When browsing the regular menu, grilled salmon marinated with white miso rubs elbows against the veal tataki and the chef’s selection of sashimi. The venue offers Japan’s finest vintage sake, ready to be poured even before you’ve ordered it. Did we mention that EnYaa is a champagne bar too?
37 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 40 26 78 25
Hidden in the Royal Monceau, across from a zen garden, every Thursday and Friday this venue serves a range of the best Japanese cuisine the French capital has to offer. Matsuhisa Niwa is all about details and the guests feel how they are being transports to Tokyo the minute they set foot on set. Limited to only eight seats (hello exclusivity!), and with only seven dishes on the menu — all dreamed up by the former chef of Nobu Matsuhisa, Hideki Endo. Tip: order the famous eel sushi and admire the sushi master at work while sipping on a glass of Ruinart.
37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Phone: 01 42 99 88 00
Well known by Parisian foodies, Le Bar des Prés is truly a love declaration to Japanese cuisine by the Parisian chef Cyril Lignac. The menu, and cozy ambience, will have you wide-eyed: goma-ae with fresh green veggies, lobster from Brittany and a sesame cream, crispy cakes, crab with madras curry, avocados and green lime (apparently Instagram worthy), sashimi of yellow tail and red tuna, maki of jellied eel, matcha chiffon cake, chocolat fondue… Le Bar des Prés is truly a sushi bonanza! Not to mention the cocktails that goes well with everything on the menu.
25 Rue du Dragon, 75006 Paris
Phone: 01 43 25 87 67