Fusion cuisine is not dead. Proof of it with this new address opening in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Called Shiro, this new restaurant – ideal set by the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés – mixes, on two stories, French bistronomy and Japanese influences, under the aegis of chef Hiroyuki Ushiro.
On the menu, only seasonal produces, served in their purest form. For lunch, local foodies and passersby can enjoy the nine-dish bento including – among others – seabream carpaccio and Ume prune vinaigrette, marinated and fried fish escabeche, cod and jumbo shrimp tartare, mashed cauliflowers and yuzu cream, and veal’s fillet served with candied shallots, wild asparagus, lotus leaf, and mustard sauce.
Chef Ushiro also serves a six-course Omakasé carte blanche menu for lunch and dinner for a culinary journey to the other end of the world. Menus change depending on the chef’s inspiration and deliveries. It includes an appetizer, two starters, a fish, a meat, and a dessert, coming in wine or sake pairing as well to get even more original.
The day we came, we started with a low-temperature cooked chicken (€22) topped with sesame sauce - a bit pale - and the salmon tartare, very fresh but stingy.
Then, two different main courses and yet (unfortunately) alike because of their sides - the same vegetables, prepared in the same way - in both plates. On one hand, the Wagyu roast (€59) with veal jus and teriyaki sauce, seared, and the very smooth duckling.
Sweet-toothed can treat themselves to ice daifuku mochi (€12) served with red berries, or some vacherin (€12) with yuzu and grapefruit sorbet, refreshing; while cocktail fans will be delighted to enjoy cocktails mixing French and Japanese flavors.
For instance, discover the Shiro (Hibiki – Japanese whisky – kiwi purée, cucumber, lime, aloe vera juice, fresh mint, sprinkled with matcha, €19), the Sakura Horoyoi (Roku Gin – Japanese gin – hibiscus toni and fresh red berries for the summery touch), or even the Pink Matcha (mocktail based on lychee and strawberry purée, cranberry juice, fresh mint, and matcha powder).
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 8 September 2021
168 Boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris 6