Gastro chic, bistro, neighborhood canteen… these addresses shake up the codes of Japanese gastronomy.
The Yakuza Zen Garden
Nestled in the heart of the Vendôme hotel, it is the oasis of Paris where you can nibble on nipponies: edamame with fleur de sel or truffles, salmon teriyaki, chicken or vegetarian gyozas, cuttlefish tempura with shichimi spices… To accompany with a cocktail based on Ki No Bi, artisanal gin from Kyoto flavored with yuzu, sancho pepper and gyokuro tea, or a Red Poppy, Perrier-Jouët and cranberry.
7, rue du Helder, 75009 Paris. maison-albar-hotels-le-vendome.com
The Beatitudes of Akira Back
At the Prince de Galles, this star chef, from Seoul to Las Vegas, has set the record straight from the Les Heures bar to those of uninhibited Japanese gastronomy in just a few months. This Korean-born snowboarder, who grew up in the mountains of Colorado and cut his teeth with sushi master Kenichi Kanada, isn’t one to serve you an assortment of wasabi platitudes. Proof, his already cult “tuna pizza” topped with tuna sashimi, umami aioli, mushrooms and truffle oil. The brass counter, ideal for being in the heat of the action, panics…