Sabō: the Japanese tearoom at OGATA Paris

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Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Caroline J. · Published on 6 October 2020 at 17h32 · Updated on 8 October 2020 at 15h51
For an incredible and relaxing trip to Japan, meet at Sabō, OGATA Paris’s famous tearoom, nestled in the 3rd arrondissement. Unplug and enjoy. You are off to some unique experience to the universe of tea.

There are not many places in Paris where everything seems to go slow and where one takes the time to enjoy time. Precious moments Japanese truly enjoy and are used to enjoy especially with the famous tea ceremony. In Paris, there is a place offering you to enjoy this unique experience. To do so, head to Sabō, the tearoom nestled in OGATA Paris basement in the 3rd arrondissement.

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Here, you enjoy tea different ways. You can drink some tea of your choice served with wagashi, the famous Japanese pastry. Or you can go for the Sajiki menu providing an unforgettable moment in four tea sequences with Ochauke and Wagashi. A word of advice: do not be in a hurry, and allow at least 1h30 for a truly enjoyable moment.

The tasting starts off really well with Gyokuro, the famous and exceptional green tea. Considered as the noblest green tea in Japan, it is served after several “low temperature” infusion, between 50°C and 60°c. Its specific feature? It gives the most umami aroma of all green teas.

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By observing tea master Katsuhito Imaizumi working, one discovers that making some tea is a genuine art, requiring very high technique. To get the perfect tea, you have to be very thorough, focus and precise in weighing and temperatures. Each gesture must be precise. And we cannot get tired of watching Katsuhito Imaizumi.

Then, enjoy a small pastry, here we have Moegi based on grapes and Kokuto Shōchū, coated in matcha.

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Now, let us move on to a seasonal infusion, Sekkicha, both thirst-quenching and scented, before falling under the spell of the exquisite Hojicha, some toasted Japanese green tea.

As a side, we enjoy Ochauke, savory and sweet appetizers perfectly pairing this cup of toasted tea.

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We finish in a blaze of glory with some unmissable and delicious matcha tea, perfectly balanced. And for the sweet side, Sabō serves us a little wooden tray with several beautifully plated wagashi including a “Sancho mochi” and a “Kurumi mochi”. As for me, I go for the delicious “Mame Daifuku”, with sticky rice paste, kidney bean paste, and walnut. Across the table my partner goes for the Ice Monaka (an ice cream scoop pressed between two wafers)!

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At the end of the day, we leave the experience feeling calmer and more relaxed, and we are even happier as we got to discover very unique flavors in the world of tea!

And to crown it all, OGATA Paris tearooms also provides workshops to be even more impregnated by tea’s ancestral culture, know more about its benefits and even its seasonality. Meet on the official website to find out more.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 September 2020

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    Location

    16 Rue Debelleyme
    75003 Paris 3

    Prices
    Thé au choix accompagné d’un wagashi: 16 €
    Menu Sajiki : 60 €

    Official website
    ogata.com

    Booking
    ogata.com

    More informations
    Ouvert de 12h à 19h

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