If you have been lucky enough to have traveled to Japan, then you know. Yes, you know what I am talking about, and you know these unique flavors, this always flawless service and this unparalleled hospitality. Since then, you have been looking for the gem that will make you reexperienced this unmissable journey. A piece of advice, look no more and head to An Japonaise. Nestled in Paris 2nd arrondissement, not far from the Sentier metro station, this little restaurant opened on June 27, 2020.
Behind this authentic table hides the Omatsu France company created in February 2020 by Takeshi Shimoda and Toshimasa Ogo. Their mission? Offering in Paris a place as welcoming as tantalizing and making the Japanese cuisine attractive.
To do so, An Japonaise first and foremost bets on quality produces (ingredients, seasonings, alcohols) imported from Japan. Then, there is the food and the menu highlighting the authenticity and the simplicity with a modern touch. Here, forget about wooden ramen bowls and classic and low-key sushi, and welcome Japanese tapas worthy of the best Japanese izakaya (Gomaae, teriyaki chicken, beef gristle stew, dried seafood, roasted duck, dashi-marinated avocado, steamed gyoza…). At lunchtime, go for other specialties such as Udon or Soba noodles, or the must-try Bento. Everything is cooked not by one chef, but a whole team changing depending on days. That night, Takeshi Shimoda was running the stove.
But An Japonaise has more than one trick up its sleeve and knows how to make people envious or even jealous with rare dishes such as unagi (the famous grilled eel) or even wagyu – the very famous and coveted Japanese beef. An Japonaise also provides you with a wagyu-special menu (only available in the evening and upon booking by calling). Based on three starters and three mains, this menu offers a wonderful discovery of this oh-so unique beef. Here, you can enjoy it sushi style, in a soup or even caramelized in a bowl of rice.
We start this flavorful experience with – on one side – delicate pieces of wagyu marinated in wasabi, and on the other side, an unforgettable wagyu and prune roll. Fine, delicate, sour… there are not enough words to describe this mix of flavors perfectly seasoned and balanced!
Continuing with starters, let us enjoy some traditional soup including thin slices of wagyu and black radish. Simple but effective!
We continue with this delicious plate of Aburi with Japanese wagyu beef flambéed two ways, with egg, Japanese mustard, wasabi and sweet soy sauce to soften it all. So good!
Next up? Another favorite with two generous wagyu sushi, flambéed once more, bringing a very unique and remarkable taste.
Last but not least, we finish the savory part with another Japanese specialty: Ochazuke aka a bowl of rice with marinated wagyu and broth.
After savory comes sweet, it is well-known. And An Japonaise once again sets high standards with this tiramisu revisited with matcha served in the famous squared wooden sake box, traditionally used for this famous rice alcohol.
And to top it all, An Japonaise offers you to accompany this delicious menu with a genuine sake/ shōchū pairing. For the most connoisseurs, sake comes from brasserie Yonetsuru (Yamagata) and shōchū is imported from brasserie Watanabe (Miyazaki).
For the others, enjoy biodynamic wines and delicious cocktails based on sake and shōchū such as the refreshing “Sake Sangria” (sake, sweet sake, fruits) or the thirst-quenching “Shochu Premier Amour” (white rice shōchū, sweet candied lemon, soda).
Beyond this delicious cuisine, An Japonaise endeavors to be attentive to the service, the hospitality so dear to Japanese, as well as craftsmanship, the country of the rising sun takes great pride of. At An Japonaise, dishes are plated in Shimacraft (Ibaraki) plates with cutlery from Kijoukougeisha (Chiba).
There are not many restaurants that make us truly travel. And there are not many tables that make us discover many memorable flavors. An Japonaise is part of the restaurants that do so. And our little birds say we are not done hearing from them. The Omatsu France company plans to open by 2024 a wagyu BBQ restaurant and a Japanese bar in Paris!
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Dates and Opening Time
Starts 27 June 2020
11 Rue Poissonnière
75002 Paris 2
01 42 33 91 74
Ouvert de 12h à 15h et de 18h à minuit