Onii-San: the exquisite Japanese izakaya restaurant in Paris Marais

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Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Caroline J. · Published on 17 September 2020 at 15h18 · Updated on 21 September 2020 at 16h21
Japanese gastronomy keeps on taking over Paris. And this Fall 2020, the 3rd arrondissement welcomes Onii-San; a new izakaya restaurant created by Arthur Cohen, Olivier Léone and Isaac Romero. On the menu? Delicious Japanese-inspired tapas both modern and creative, as well as “hand roll” temaki for wonderful gustatory discoveries.

Japanese food lovers do not lack of tasty restaurants in Paris. We must say the French capital has been housing very good Japanese restaurants for many years, whether you love ramen, sushi or even gyoza. This Fall 2020, a new Japanese gastronomy address is added to the list. Its name? Onii-San that opened in Paris 3rd arrondissement.

Described as an “intimate, soft and festive place of life”, this new restaurant is inspired by several concepts created in Tokyo and Los Angeles. Behind the restaurant with a raw and graphic design – sometimes playing with Japanese kitsch codes – we have Arthur Cohen, Olivier Léone as well as chef Isaac Romero (ex-Holiday Café). The three of them are fascinated by the Japanese culture and have decided to bring to Paris “the convivial, frenetic and crazy atmosphere of Tokyo izakayas” by providing you with modern and super tasty cuisine.

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Cooking, the talented chef Isaac Romero along with sous-chef Risa Ichimaru (from Tokyo and former chef at Abri Soba) have come up with a sharp menu based on Japanese specialties. But careful, here no sushi or ramen, but genuine and revisited recipes, starting with the famous and creative Izakaya tapas.

On the menu? Stir-fried and sake-caramelized shiitake, as well as soy-marinated runny eggs under some white sesame cream, or even a hearty plate of razor shells enhanced with sake, garlic and soy. The perfect appetizer to start the testing, before moving on to the exquisite and surprising den gaku avocado with egg yolk delicately put inside, and topped with caramelized miso, pecan nut and nori. A wonderful number both indulging and original!

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But our favorite was the unforgettable fat tuna tartare, incredibly smooth and some delicious wasabi, ponzu-yuzu-jalapeno cream, trout eggs and Hokkaido milk roll.

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And what to say about Onii-San signature wagyu sando (coming from Australia)? If you have never tried this beef, then this is the occasion to enjoy this meat of a rare quality. For genuine meat-eaters, you can order the plate with 100g wagyu!

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Another specialty by Onii-san? “Hand roll” temaki available in vegetarian version or based on salmon, fat tuna and even crab and mayonnaise.

And to pair these Japanese specialties, there is nothing quite like a nice list of sakes. Do not hesitate and ask for recommendations for the perfect pairing. The restaurant also serves highballs (long drinks based on whisky) or white wine.

Last but not least, you thought we were leaving without tasting desserts? You do not know us, then. As for desserts, Onii-San does it simple but effective with typically French sweet specialties but with a Japanese twist. On one side, we fell for the (genuine and gluten-free) molten chocolate cake, topped with matcha powder, on the other side, a delicious black sesame Tatin tart. Two hearty and super tasty desserts for maximum pleasure. For smaller appetites, Onii-San also provides green tea, ginger and even black sesame ice creams.

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So, feel like discovering Onii-San? A word of advice, run there before it becomes the new unmissable izakaya in Paris Marais.

Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 7 September 2020

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    Location

    82 Rue des Archives
    75003 Paris 3

    Prices
    Handrolls - à partir de: 6 €
    Assiettes - à partir de: 10 €
    Menu déjeuner: 20 €

    Official website
    www.onii-san.fr

    Booking
    www.onii-san.fr
    01 45 35 14 60

    More informations
    Ouvert du mardi au samedi de 12h à 14h puis de 19h à 23h

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