Have you heard about onigiri?
This is a Japanese stuffed snack based on rice and topped with a spice blend. This is the Japanese version of a sandwich. Japanese street food.
And this is what you can find at Onigiriz, an almost single-product restaurant specialized in onigiris.
Onigiriz opened in Paris 9th arrondissement two years ago by Tom Kordova, fascinated by the Japanese culture, Aure Kordova – his sister and trained pâtissier that cooks here – and Benjamin Kordova, the older brother, already running Manga Café.
Every day of the week, and only for lunch for now (as long as the normal life with tourism and shows has not resumed), Onigiriz offers 4 different recipes of homemade onigiris. There is always a recipe based on meat, one on poultry, one on fish, and a vegetarian one. Opened two years ago by the église de la Sainte-Trinité (being renovated), Onigiriz takes us to Japan even though we stay in Paris, thanks to their onigiris.
Everyday, fresh produces are delivered and are used to create the 4 onigiris of the day (among 80 existing recipes). Everything is cooked on site and handmade. This is why some of the most coveted recipes are sometimes out of stock before the service even ends.
We have been lucky to try the very tasty onigiri stuffed with chicken and slightly spicy satay sauce, one of the best-sellers, as well as the classic avocado-shrimp. But also, a recipe based on bulgogi beef (marinated meat Korean style), and one with ratatouille. The stuffings are very tasty and we would gladly have loved to get a refill.
Sold €3.50 each, these onigiris can be ordered on their own or included in a menu. Onigiriz also provides takeaway and delivery.
The restaurant is not very big and it privileges takeaway. Yet, the spot with a sober and elegant décor even enjoys a few seats by the window and on the terrace.
Like all the onigiri recipes, sides change regularly. In the winter, there is miso soup. But there is currently a Japanese vegetable curry, a super tasty dish that stewed for a while and reminding us of grandma’s Sunday’s beef bourguignon.
Last but not least, like the rest of Onigiriz menu, desserts are super fresh and 100% homemade.
There are ice creams and sorbets, based on flavors still influenced by the Country of the Rising Sun (black sesame, azuki – aka black bean paste – yuzu, sakura – aka cherry blossom…). As well as pastries like these black and white sesame shortbreads, or this three-lemon meringue pie. Based on puff rice and Guérande salt cake, this cake is based on Japanese-inspired flavors such as yuzu, lemon and lime, very delightful. You can also enjoy some dorayaki, these Japanese pancakes.
Onigiriz’s originality also lays in the drinks: the team imports a whole bunch of Japanese drinks and more or less strange beverages – sometimes neon colored. We have been a bit adventurous and tried the mango sparkling water, it was very nice and refreshing.
Dates and Opening Time
From 17 September 2020 to 17 September 2021
6 Place d'Estienne d'Orves
75009 Paris 9
Trinité d'Estienne D'Orves
Boisson: 3-3.50 €
Accompagnement: 3.50 €
Onigiri: 3.50 €
Dessert: 4 €
Menu, à partir de: 9.50 €