Bar à sushi Izumi
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Posted: Tue Sep 10 2013
Blink and you’ll miss it, but this tiny sushi bar – not more than 20 seats – punches far above its weight in proportion to its size. It quickly made a name for itself when it opened in 2011, educating Parisian diners about the delights of fatty tuna, eel and wagyu beef.
The availability of the tuna depends on the market, but the other two star products are always on the menu. The eel arrives still smoking, perfectly grilled, swiped with a delicious sweet sauce then arranged in a chirachi bowl with fish, omelette and prawns on a warm bed of rice and sesame. Sushi and maki are also on the menu, all prepared by the masterful Japanese chef. Thick slices of colourful, flavour-filled fish signal the really good stuff.
Then the wagyu beef, with its remarkable texture and nutty flavour. Served as tataki (a sort of half-cooked carpaccio) or as sushi, it almost feels like fish in the mouth. Have it with one of the sakes – a fruity Tatenokawa, perhaps, a flavourful Muroka, an intense Kenbishi, or a taster of all three. None of this comes cheap, but it’s the right price for the quality. Other Japanese dishes that don’t employ the star ingredients are a little cheaper, available at lunch and dinner.
Bar à sushi Izumi 55 boulevard des Batignolles