Paris's best sushi restaurants

Love Japanese cuisine but worried about getting a raw deal? Try these great restaurants for the best sushi and sashimi in Paris

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Blueberry

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

A creative, unconventional sushi restaurat, with bright pop colours on the walls and on your plate. The mood is set by the house cocktails – like the ‘Dawn over Tokyo’ – that mix well known flavours like Martini or Saké with less familiar tastes like that of purple-leaved shisho. The results are fresh, light and fruity.Makis (rolled sushi) are Blueberry’s great speciality. They're served in sixes, each more weirdly named than the last (Les Trublions, Rackam le Rouge, Iroquois, Transsibérien, etc.). They are elaborate, well thought through, and unusual – not for sushi purists...

  1. 6 rue du Sabot, 6e
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Nakagawa

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

A Japanese venue in the middle of Belleville’s Chinatown, which draws in passers-by with gentle aromas of grilled eel, miso soup and tempura. Inside, there's a small room with a view onto the Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and a few seats at the bar facing the chef. On the lunch menu are basic set menus (sushi-soup-salad-rice) from €11-€15, and some more complex ones that go up to around €20 a head. The sushi is seriously high quality, the salmon and prawns firm and fresh (with the wasabi already layered between the rice and fish – beware). There are also some hot breaded dishes...

  1. 9 rue Lassus, 19e
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Isami

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

One of the best sushi restaurants in Paris is tucked away on the bank of the Seine by the Ile Saint Louis. Isami's small dining room is simply decorated but for the rows of Japanses earthenware stacked behind the bar like a vast library, and in front of them the Itamae (master sushi chef) works away in a frenzy. He guts the fish with an expert hand and rolls the sticky rice and other ingredients in his palm with incredible precision, a constant movement, endlessly repeated in pursuit of perfection. It’s well worth watching during the time it can take to bring your order...

  1. 4 quai d'Orléans, 4e
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Bar à sushi Izumi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

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...

  1. 55 boulevard des Batignolles, 8e
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Rice & Fish

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Two signs 20 metres apart on the Rue Greneta, this Japanese-American hybrid is a pure Californian sushi bar, with a décor touched by Hollywood and the Far East. Don’t come here for classical sushi, but relax and enjoy the creativity; 'Krunchy' maki with prawn tempura and avocado, a Chenille (caterpillar) with avocado and eel, or a Cicciolina (fried calamari, aioli and cucumber). They’re unusual, for sure, but they’re also fresh and moreish. For more substantial dishes, try the BBQ bowl with marinated grilled beef, courgettes, fried celery and rice. It’s all good stuff at very reasonable prices – a fun place to try...

  1. 22 rue Greneta (deuxième restaurant au numéro 16), 2e
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Toritcho

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Toritcho is a real izakaya, one of those bars of the people where customers nibble on tapas-style small plates while having a drink, and one of the oldest and most authentic Japanese restaurants in Paris. Old beer posters, lucky figurines, mock swords and rackets from the traditional game hagoita decorate the walls: madame works the till while monsieur takes a relaxed yet efficient approach to service. On the varied menu you can find yakitori made from chicken meat, liver, gizzards and skin, or from vegetables that you can order salted or in a sweet and sour sauce...

  1. 47 rue du Montparnasse, 14e
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Michi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The Rue Sainte-Anne and its surroundings is full of Japanese treasures, tiny restaurants serving excellent ramen, gyoza, udon and soba – but not sushi. However, at number 58, ‘sushi’ is spelled out in big letters across a slightly decrepit-looking front window. Don’t be put off – this is the real deal, with products and service in the authentic Japanese tradition. Sit at the bar if you can, and watch the chef preparing the dishes with disconcerting speed and an unfailing smile. At midday, the set sushi menus (€14 and €18) come with soup, salad, rice and dessert...

  1. 58 bis rue Sainte-Anne, 2e
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Comme des poissons

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

This is an unmissable destination for fresh fish lovers. The restaurant’s little blue frontage might not be much to look at, but once you get inside it oozes quality. The atmosphere is monastic: just nine covers facing the chef, who executes sushi, sashimi and maki with a disconcerting precision and in a quasi-religious silence. A craftsman of formidable calibre, he doesn’t hesitate to give his diners stern instructions in sushi etiquette.On the menu, there are a series of fish dishes served on big bowls of rice: grilled eel (the house signature dish), maguro-natto...

  1. 24 rue de la Tour, 16e
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Miss Kô

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

Philippe Starck’s latest venture in Paris is a rock-Japanese outfit occupying a 500m2 space just off the Champs-Elysées. It’s been set up to like like a narrow Chinatown street, bustling and colourful at night, with open kitchens at the end where chefs work away beneath an array of suspended woks and neon lights. Giant paper lanterns are everywhere, forests of umbrellas hung over the tables, and there's a 26-metre table made up of a mosaic of screens, across which a dragon turns somersaults. It’s permanent visual chaos, which can become wearing. If you want something a bit easier on the eyes...

  1. 49 avenue George V, 8e
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Kinugawa

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4

Step into Kinugawa and you’ll be swept up in muted lighting, gentle music, Zen décor, air con, warm hand towels, candles… all the stops have been pulled out here. The staff are wonderfully attentive, and your glass is always full.First come chilled entrées such as tai sashimi à la Kinugawa, in which the subtle flavours of the sea bream are brought out to the full. Hot starters are also available: try the nasu dengaku (half an aubergine coated with a sweet miso crust – delicious, but very filling), or the ebi aspara apuri (a dish of grilled prawns and green asparagus tossed in a spicy lemon-garlic dressing)...

  1. 9 rue du Mont Thabor, 1er
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bart

Of course Kinugawa pulled out all the stops! You ate there for free! Maybe you should advise the public when you're invited and do glowing reviews?