To your chopsticks! The five best Japanese restaurants in Paris

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To your chopsticks! The five best Japanese restaurants in Paris

Sushi, yakitori or teppanyaki restaurants in Paris celebrate the rising sun and reveal a fifth flavour: umami – the unique taste of Japanese cuisine.

Kodawari Rāmen, Japanese territory in Paris

On the banks of the Seine river, bright lanterns reveal a typical Tokyo street stall with tin roof and exposed wires. Run by a former fighter pilot, Kodawari Rāmen flies you right to the heart of the Japanese capital of the 60s. This establishment can pride to serve ancestral Asian dishes prepared with excellence. The deliciously fragrant gourmet rāmen with black sesame and thick farm-raised chicken-broth perfumes the Rue Mazarine - blending in with the flavours of marinated roast pork and bamboo shoots or large poached eggs simmered in soy sauce broth. A quality sensory journey for gourmets in Paris.

Kodawari Rāmen
29, rue Mazarine
75006 Paris
+33 (0)9 70 91 12 41


Sitting at the Gyoza Bar

Tucked away in the Passage des Panoramas, the Gyoza Bar draws in curious patrons and foodies alike. Sit down at a nicely lit golden wooden counter surrounded by slate walls. The chef will prepare the famous Japanese ravioli that gourmets love: Dordogne pork, leek, ginger and yuzukoshō for the savoury filling, wrapped in perfectly rolled out fine dough. A selection of eight or twelve pieces will sublimate your side of edamame, nitamago, white rice or bean sprouts marinated in sesame oil. Organic roasted Tea or White Kagua?

Gyoza Bar
56, passage des Panoramas
75002 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 82 00 62


Mixing it up at Yoko

Just a few blocks from the Palais Royal, the large open windows, immaculate walls and graphic benches of the Yoko restaurant mix up typical Parisian brasserie codes with the pure curves and contrasting lines of a Japanese sushi bar. Off-white lights, red velvet seats, and black granite countertops underline architects Studioparisien's fresh and sharp signature. As your culinary journey begins with succulent kozara, your lips shiver upon seeing a steamed bar fillet with wasabi dressing and grilled eggplant with yuzu sauce. For lunch, take out a bento box!

Yoko - Bourse
3, rue de la Bourse
75002 Paris
+33 (0)1 85 73 41 29


Japanese influence at Ken Kawasaki

At the foot of the Butte Montmartre, Japanese gastronomy fans have set up camp at Ken Kawasaki. Under the built-in ceiling lights, two Japanese chefs prepare French-Japanese dishes for about fifteen customers, gathered around a large wooden bar. The generous French terroir surrenders to Japanese influences in the expert hands of the chefs: popped rice with toasted soy sauce, beef tenderloin with seaweed salt and raw wasabi as an entrée, followed by chestnut mousse with caramelized buckwheat for dessert. A bowl of sake in hand, share your unconditional love for the Archipelago.

Ken Kawasaki
15, rue Caulaincourt
75018 Paris
+33 (0)9 70 95 98 32


Inspiration and fire at Bar des Prés

According to Japanese mythology, when a white dragon blows fire, it penetrates the soil and turns into gold. In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Rue du Dragon welcomes the chef Cyril Lignac and his golden touch once again. The simple and subdued atmosphere of the restaurant gives it a discreet, almost secretive charm. Here, he brings his overseas discoveries to your plate, serving exclusive Japanese inspired recipes. Yuzu marinated snapper or sashimi to share? Propped up at the long marble bar, breathe in the delicious scents wafting in from the kitchen – a promise for an exceptional meal.

Le Bar des Prés
25, rue du Dragon
75006 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 25 87 67