It's not for an exotic setting or sophisticated service that you'll come to Wakaba. In true Japanese style, everything here is pared down to the essentials, allowing the remarkable food to speak for itself.
As with many Japanese restaurants, you're best off coming for lunch – at €45 and €80 respectively, the dinner set menus verge on the unreasonable. Yet no matter what time of day you stop by, you're sure to be treated to a smorgasbord of subtle flavours and mysterious ingredients. Aside from the usual über-fresh sushi and sashimi, the €45 menu comprises a series of small dishes that raise as many questions as there are courses: What on earth is this vegetable? Why does this dengaku-miso aubergine taste of chocolate? How had we we never tried oysters seasoned with citrus vinegar before? Only one way to get answers – head back to Wakaba, one of the best Japanese restaurants we've been to in a while.
20 rue de l'Exposition
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat Noon-2.30pm, 7-10pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Ecole Militaire|
|Price:||Lunch: set menu €20, bento box €30. Dinner: set menus €45 and €80.|