Sep 15, '11

Juan – the best-kept secret in Paris

Cooked vegetables
Cooked vegetables

If you pass by this tiny Japanese restaurant in the 16th, you might not even notice it. The exterior and interior of Juan ( 144 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris, tel. 0147274351 ) are typically Japanese, very discrete and minimalist. When I sat down at one of the four tables though (there are also few places at the”sushi bar”), I discovered brilliant Japanese cuisine where each morsel was a perfection. The sushis were particularly excellent. The amazing quality of fish (which is quite rare even at top Parisian  Japanese restaurants) and rice on a similar level of rice as at fine sushiyas in Tokyo.  I would put Juan ( opened for 2 years ) on the list of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Paris.  There is no à la carte, lunch menu (pictured) costs 34 euros, different dinner menus (sukiyaki, shabu shabu and kaiseki )  – from 65 to 70 euros.

The interior
The interior
Mackerel marinated in soy sauce, kimchi, cooked pumpkin and tofu
Mackerel marinated in soy sauce, kimchi, cooked pumpkin and tofu (?)


Sauted salsify
Sauted salsify
Fluffy omelette drizzled with soy sauce
Fluffy omelette drizzled with soy sauce

Sushis
Sushis
Home made green tea, sesame and yuzu (I guess ) ice cream
Home made green tea, sesame and yuzu (I guess ) ice cream

The exterior
The exterior

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