There are places we would love to keep for ourselves, just to enjoy them whenever we want to. This is the case of Taishō. The temporary terrace set at the Rotonde de l'Aquarium de Paris is back in the middle of nature in the Trocadéro garden, to brighten up our days and nights. Behind the terrace with a colorful yet simple decoration hides a genuine and tasty treasure nobody can guess. We must say that for this new summer season, Taishō has decided to team up with famous 1-star restaurant Etude.
Usually set on rue du Bouquet de Longchamp in Paris 16th arrondissement, the restaurant's team exceptionally settles in on Taishō terrace for the summer to take care of your taste buds, thanks to some bold menu making us travel. For Taishō, starred chek Keisuke Yamagishi, from the Etude restaurant, bets on flavors from the Country of the Rising Sun.
Short but effective the menu especially created for Taishō whets the appetite just by reading it. The concept? Izakaya-inspired plates to share at anytime of the day from noon to 10 p.m; including some smooth salmon tartare with kabosu flavors (some Japanese citrus fruit). As for meat fans, go for the incredible red beef tataki from the mountains with yuzu sauec and dried bonita, or go for the genuine yakitori, these hearty beef skewers. We love the tasty fritters based on edamame, the famous soy beans.
Or you can go for some crispy chicken coated in panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) with tonkatsu sauce. As for vegetarians, enjoy the dashi maki tamago (omelette rolled Japanese style and seasoned with dried bonita). Vegans will have some tofu with soy sauce, marinated onions, and dried kombu seaweed slices.
For lunch or dinner, the menu is completed with heartier plates, always perfectly and thoroughly plated. Discover the salmon burger with creamy nori sauce, the famous Japanese seaweed, or some beef stew with Japanese spices.
But if you were to choose only one dish, close your eyes and order the incredible Nasu Dengaku. Perfect for vegans, this generous dish will surprise you with its smooth eggplant covered in sweet miso sauce and herbs, without forgetting a pinch of sesame seeds and blueberries. The balance of flavors is perfect and seasonings, flawless. A true treat we enjoy in one bite, while enjoying views on the sparkling Eiffel Tower.
To top it all, do not forget to end this magnificent meal on a sweet note by tasting one of the brillant desserts by female pastry hef Mika Okazawa. Our favorite? The grand cru itakuya chocolate pie (cocoa from Brazil) and its tasty and light ganache covering come crunchy crust.
We also fell for the Hojicha aisu ice cream and its surprising woody and toasted notes. A very wonderful discovery, light and refreshing. And what can we say about this fine Catalan matcha cream enhanced by a caramelized cage? Simply to die for!
To pair all these dishes, enjoy yuzu beer, created by Etude restaurant very friendly manager, as well as a nice range of wines, including Crozes Hermitage La Petite Ruche, a syrah that is extremely fine, elegant, and perfectly balanced to pair all the different dishes.
We are honest, Keisuke Yamagishi's cooking totally seduced us. If you have not heard of it, Taishō terrace is the perfect place to enjoy it thanks to very affordable prices for a top-quality. And the icing on the cake, the perfect setting across the Eifel Tower and the flawless service, and the very friendly team.
Last but not least, on Taishō terrace, enjoy a cigar parlor with a large range of Cuban cigars, or from abroad provided with Cuban rums.
In other words, Taishō is the place to be, this summer in Paris!
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Dates and Opening Time
Starts 24 June 2020
Aquarium de Paris - Cinéaqua
5 Avenue Albert de Mun
75116 Paris 16
Métro Trocadéro ou Iena
RER Champs de Mars
Ouvert tous les jours de 12h à 22h
Service déjeuner de 12h à 14h, dîner de 20h à 22h
Petits plats à toute heure entre 8 et 14 euros
Plats pour le déjeuner et le dîner entre 16 et 26 euros
Desserts entre 8 et 10 euros