Riding on the success of his gastronomic restaurant known simply as Pages (just awarded a Michelin star), Ryuji Teshima recently opened a lovely izakaya a few doors down. It is the Japanese version of an Andalusian tapas bar where you can sample a slew of dishes served in mini portions. While the food is of Japanese inspiration, the setting is in perfect keeping with Parisian trends with its blue-grey façade, carefully worn concrete walls, natural wood tables and raw polished concrete floor. This esthetic choice is maintained through to the dishes: earthenware plates by designer Mami Kanno made with different clays from around France. Not only do the plates provide a change of scenery, so do their contents! Enjoy bonito tataki (€8), grilled squid (€8) or carpaccio of Ozaki beef (€12), washed down with natural wines that are (for once) well chosen and served by the glass, or one of the many craft beers to choose from. At lunch, the restaurant is already teeming with local “urban workers” drawn by the original concept and especially the bento formulas and Wagyu burger, both at €15. Service is fast, but friendly!
Noon to 2:30pm and 7pm to 10:45pm Closed Saturday and Sunday Average price: €25