We let ourselves be charmed by ATSU ATSU, the new Japanese restaurant set in rue de Richelieu. Here, one travels to Japan as soon as they step in! friendly, the atmosphere enables to unwind and appreciate the Zen culture typical of Japan.
To enjoy the experience the best, we’re invited to leave our shoes behind, in order to eat Japanese way, on horigotatsu, traditional low tables. Well, we cheat a bit since a fitted pit enables us to put our legs so that we can actually seat down instead of being on our knees. For the ones in a rush, a counter, a take away service and a delicatessen service make sure you can enjoy Japanese cuisine in full serenity!
At ATSU ATSU, one enjoys traditional Japanese dishes with unpronounceable name, that’s it! Good riddance to sushi, maki and other “festive” dishes, at ATSU ATSU, we enjoy the same dishes that Japanese do on a daily basis, Edamame, the trendy soy beans, Karaage, marinated chicken subtly seasoned, and age nasu, miso fried eggplants, as soft as candies are to be expected in this traditional restaurant.
The signature dish of the restaurant is the Takoyaki, warm balls cooked on the outside and soft on this inside, that also made ATSU ATSU famous at the Japan Expo. The preparation of these balls is a show and requires patience. Indeed, the cook always turns the nibbles on a dimpled plate so that he can cook the Takoyaki evenly. Then, you pick out your side, squid (Tako) or shrimp (Ebi) and the sauce that goes with the balls.
Another dish to discover is the Okonomiyaki, a generous cabbage pancake, filled with the ingredients of your choice. The aim of the game? You have to cook your own pancake on the teppan, hotplates set in the center of each table. For the beginners, cooks will show you the way and prepare your pancake before your eyes.
We can then choose to taste an individual dish or order several hors d’oeuvres, to share with the whole table, like with tapas! Then, to end the meal, mochi ice cream, an ice cream covered in mochi, dorayaki, pancakes filled with adzuki paste and ichigo maki, strawberry roll cakes, traditional desserts that will delight you at the end of the meal.
With ATSU ATSU no need to travel the world to discover Japan!
Website: ATSU ATSU
Location: 88 Rue de Richelieu – 75002 Paris
Opening hours: from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday
Rates: hors d’oeuvre between €5 and €9, mains between €12 and €18, desserts between €3 and €8
88 Rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris 2
Horaires : de 12h à 15h et de 19h à 22h30, du lundi au samedi