Asia Tee is just one small room and a few tables, with Japanese chef Kenji running a one-man show in the open kitchen and his welcoming family helping out front of house. Plus a small dog in his basket, who’s part of the décor. Kenji cooks a homely Japanese menu that changes with the seaons, but with refined touches that he learnt at the Hôtel Impérial de Tokyo and working with Michelin-starred French chefs like Michel Rostang.
Each dish is available in small and large, and there's a selection of set menus. For €45 you get three amuse bouche, three main plates (choose from six fish and three meat), soup, rice and dessert. We loved the perfectly roasted slices of lamb flanked by an interesting puree of green pepper and yuzu, with chips of lotus root, and the succulent sashimi exceed all expectations. You can also reserve in advance for a vegetarian version. The bigger hitter is the omakase menu at €78 (in Japanese, it means ‘I leave it up to you’). Everyone at the table needs to agree to the menu in advance and give their preferences, then Kenji prepares an assortment of 10 small dishes per person.
Asia Tee is full for dinner every night, so make sure you book ahead. At lunchtime, the €18 menu of two starters, two mains and a dessert is also a good bet.
|Venue name:||Asia Tee Kenji|
47 rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-11pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Cardinal Lemoine ; RER : Luxembourg|