Sushi Gourmet — Paris, Radio France

1 rue de l’Assomption

75016 Paris

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Here’s a fairly authentic sushi shop in the fancy 16th district of Paris. It is recommended to come for lunch as menu prices are cheaper.

We had the Chirachi royal (19.5 euros for lunch):

and the Mixte royal (19.5 for lunch):

both accompanied by a small salad (with a bit of seaweed) and a miso shiru:

There’s some interesting fish in there, including some ikura (salmon eggs I believe?) in a maki or some other unidentified (at least for me!) fish.

An interesting desert is the sesame ice cream, pretty tasty:

We also tried the aloe vera (oops, blurry):

You can also have these to go, for example the Mixte Royal (to go) and go and eat those on the chess tables in the nearby garden on Place Rodin:

Overall, I would say that these are a little bit above the average in Paris, but maybe slightly overpriced and still far behind what I had in Tokyo. The restaurant itself doesn’t have a very nice setting, with very little space and high-placed, bar-like tables where you sit on high stools; one could argue that it tries to imitate (though poorly) the atmosphere of certain restaurants in Japan.

Fuxia — Paris, Saint-Paul

A fairly good Italian restaurant in the center of Paris, I’d say mainly for pasta.

50 rue François Miron

75004 Paris

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We started with a plate of antipasti (11 euros) that we shared between two people:

Nothing amazing, but they were nicely seasoned and tender (the vegetables in the dark are dried tomatoes). Then, two plates of pasta, the Fusili Fuxia (12 euros):

and the Rigatoni Funghi (11 euros):

On the whole it’s a pretty safe choice, but if you don’t need to be in this particular place of Paris I’d rather recommend “Little Italy” (search on this same website), where I find the pasta slightly better even though Fuxia’s environment is a bit nicer (bigger terrace, more spacious).

Le Pré Verre — Paris, Maubert

This is my favorite French restaurant in Paris (Latin district).

8 rue Thénard

75005 Paris

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The guys there always have very original ideas of mixing ingredients together in an unexpected way. I promise you will be surprised.

They have a rotation of dishes that they keep inventing so you won’t find the same dishes if you go there again a couple of weeks later. That also means that you only have ~5 or 6 dishes to choose from at any given time (plus 5 entrées and 5 desserts), but I can guarantee you that you will want to try each and every one of them just by reading their name.

If you go there for lunch, they have a menu for 13.50 euros where you don’t get to choose anything (but, again, it changes all the time) with an entrée, a main course, a glass of wine and a coffee (they also have red wines).

For dinner or for lunch, the full menu is 28.50 euros for entrée, main course and dessert.

I keep going there again and again so here are a few examples:

Raspberry soup:

Baby pork:

Carrot and cumin soup:

Turkey and polenta (forgot what the orange spice was):

Half-cooked tuna:

Beef with smoked purée (yes, smoked mashed potatoes, divine!):

Beef with beetroot sauce:

Pork with tagliatelles:

Now a few desserts.

Blackcurrant mousse:

Dessert with chocolate and sesame:

Cooked banana with mango ice cream:

Some other kind of ice cream and rhubarb:

And something that I completely forgot:


Ebisu — San Francisco

I had heard plenty of good feedback on this Japanese restaurant in San Francisco near the Golden Gate park so I thought I’d try it out while visiting.

1283 9th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94122

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They have sushi and noodle soups so we tried a bit of both worlds. I didn’t write down the price of each dish but the total (two noodle soups, the two small salads that came with them and a plate of sushi) was 26.70 dollars total. The nearest soup is a Shoyu Ramen (soba), I forget exactly what the other was (was udon, though):

They came with two small salads:

And the plate of sushi was called “Cherry Blossom”:

Overall, I really wasn’t very impressed. I mean, the soups and sushi were about the same level, pretty decent for an “exported” Japanese restaurant, but I found the whole experience fairly unauthentic and while I wouldn’t have expected more from an average Japanese restaurant that I’d walked into half-randomly, that one had been recommended to me as one of the best in town. In that respect, it was clearly disappointing. As a side note, it was pretty crowded and we had to wait for half an hour in a queue, so it all pretty much fell flat. Apart from that, a very fair quality / price ratio for an average Japanese restaurant outside of Japan.

Burger Meister — San Francisco

San Francisco seems to have 3 or 4 of these, we tried the one at Carl & Cole.

86 Carl Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

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The meister burger + fries was 13 dollars, the tropical chicken salad was 10 dollars, and an extra order of sweet potato fries was 5.75 dollars. Total with tax: 32.35 dollars. Here’s what all this looked like:

I am nowhere near a hamburger expert, but I found this one pretty good! Tasty ingredients, well cooked, nothing to complain about! Obviously would have enjoyed fresh pineapple instead of canned in the salad, though.