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Karaoke restaurants seem passé next to Japanese Bistro near the Ritz Paris Opera in the 2nd. This place should come with an extreme kookiness warning! Big, bright, bold and buzzing with energy, this is a cutting-edge temple to manga disguised as a hip restaurant and lounge bar. Cute ‘n’ quirky cartoon characters are everywhere – moving around on 25 plasma screens, staring at you bug-eyed from the menu; even the waitresses – meticulous in their work – are dressed up manga-style in provocative outfits. Munch on a slick mix of Japanese favourites - maki, sushi, gyoza, sashimi, yakitori skewers - plus wok cooking, then go crazy at karaoke or on the big dance floor. Japanese Bistro is not a place to show control.