Guillaume Guedj and his associate chef Shinichi Sato have opened a third location in the Passage des Panoramas: a pretty, pocket-sized gyudon bar. So, what does Oïshinoya mean? In Japanese, this translates literally as “house of the very good”, and gyudon simply refers to a “beef bowl”. Except for the classic beef gyudon (€11 or €14 for XL), all dishes here are given Shinichi Sato’s twist, and can be varied as wagyudon with Ozaki beef (€24 or €30 for XL), tofudon with tofu (€9 or €11 for XL) or butadon with pork (€9 or €11 for XL). We opted for the latter and were far from disappointed! Nothing fancy about the service: you place your order and pay at the reception counter, then head to the mini open kitchen to retrieve your tray with your beverage, a bowl of rice doused in a tasty broth and topped with slivers of delicious meat, along with any extras you may have chosen (soft-boiled egg or pickled radish at €1 per topping)… Then all you have to do is find a seat at one of the long and high tables, and you’ll swear you’ve been transported to a street-food stand in Tokyo’s Harajuku district! It’s fun, friendly, and really good. Bear in mind, the restaurant does not serve dessert or wine, so you’ll have to satisfy your sweet-tooth elsewhere and pair your meal with a Kirin Ichiban 100% malt brew or an original Kagua Blanc or Rouge (a kind of flavored Japanese beer).
From noon to 2:30pm and 6:30pm to 11pm Closed Sunday Average price €45