June 17, 2008

California sushi... Taka Sushi in L.A.




This place ROCKS!!!!  Yummmm... Does anyone know any good sushi restos in Paris??!

11 comments:

David said...

Sushi restaurants are everywhere in Paris... except that 99.9% of them are owned by Chinese people and they all have the same standardized menu.

I don't know how that came into place, I assumed that a few years ago, sushi became popular in Paris (I think the bobos have something to do with that) and for some reason, the Chinese jumped on the opportunity (the Japanese Parisian population being quite small and not into the food business that much).

The sad part is that most Parisians don't know the difference, think that sushi is traditional Japanese food or something along those lines.

"Chinese sushi" are cheap... well, they're more expensive than sushi in the US, but cheap by Paris standards... They're usually not too bad, but not great either... the choice is very limited though and if you order something that's on the menu but out of the basic stuff French people order, you might end up with just unfrozen Tako, still full of just unfrozen water (yes, I talk from experience)...

So, to answer your question, it's hard to find good sushi places in Paris, but there are a few.
I know one on Ile St-Louis, except that I just forgot the name. It's on Quai d'Orleans, just by the Pont de la Tournelle. I've heard it's the best sushi restaurant in Paris, but it's quite expensive (30€ is a minimum).
I know that there are a few in the 6th and the 7th, but I don't have the addresses in mind)

Finally, on rue Ste-Anne, there's one sushi restaurant that I assume being Japanese and not Chinese (but even on rue Ste Anne, there are Chinese restaurant passing as Japanese... why Chinese people do that when they could do real Chinese restaurants that are not that common out of the 13th and Belleville is a mystery to me)... So I was saying that on rue Ste-Anne, there's this restaurant called "Konichiwa Sushi" that seemed authentic, but I haven't tried it yet... Every time I go rue Ste Anne, I want to try it and of course, I always end up in Kunitoraya that's just next to it and that is the best cheap Japanese restaurant in Paris... Oh wait... I'm having lunch in the area today... I could try Konichiwa Sushi for lunch!!!!

Oh and I just remembered about this site that lists pretty much every "real" Japanese restaurant in Paris:
http://www.cecj.fr/

Leesa said...

Hi David,

Thanks for your list of restos and your explanation... I will have to check out the more "authentic" Japanese sushi restos.. I'm not a big fan of Chinese run sushi restos... and I'm even less of a fan of Chinese food- Thus, I would PREFER to avoid a Chinese run shusi place.. for the reasons you stated and a few others!! It's a shame that much Sushi Deli One resto from San Diego can't come to Paris and open up shop!! All the chefs were Japanese and it was the cheapest sushi resto in town.. A local spot.. and the BEST spicey tuna handrolls I've ever eaten!! YUMMM!!
I will see if my friends are up for sushi and maybe we'll go this week.. In San Diego.. I was soo hooked on sushi (til I got a bad case of food poisoning from it)that I used to go 2-3 times a week for sushi... and it was like...umm... $8 for a meal!!! That's what, about 5 or 6 euros?!!!

David said...

Why don't you like Chinese food?
Real Chinese food (that is not "traiteurs") is amazing...

And yeah, I miss cheap sushi too.
In Gainesville, there was this Vietnamese place that was... well, a Vietnamese restaurant, but for some reason they had some of the best sushi in town (on par with the real Japanese ones) and they were $4 for 8 rolls if I remember correctly... because typing this, I feel like it's impossible, but I remember rarely spending more than $10 (and I would buy Pho with my sushi... I know it's a strange mix).

David said...

Ok, the restaurant on Quai d'Orleans is named Isami.

I also found two addresses of not too expensive real Japanese sushi restaurants (in the Ste Anne area of course).

Here they are:
Korin こりん: 58bis rue Ste Anne.
Take 竹: 10 rue Port-Mahon.

I'll try them asap.

(and yeah, I'm showing off my Japanese skills... come on I actually know what Take means... It means Bamboo... I have no idea what Korin or Isami can mean though) :-)

Leesa said...

Hi David....

I don't like Chinese food because I don't like noodles and their veggie dishes are made with a lot of oil- which I don't like, either. Plus, I'm a vegetarian.. and there are a lot of meat dishes... So... I LOVE Japanese food... and Thai food.. but not Chinese food... I'm not a super huge fan of Vietnamese food either, but because my sis-in-law is Vietnamese... I am more willing to try their cuisine.. as long as I don't have to eat meat!
Thanks for all the info about the other Japanese restos.. I think that Alex and I will check them out.. because he likes sushi now, too... Take care

L said...

If rue St Anne is near l'Opera Garnier, then I believe it's the street known for its japanese restaurants. Each one has its own specialty, which means sushi might or might not be on the menu. I had a great omelet kind of dish with pork, eggs, and the thinnest slivers of fish. It's more home style japanese cooking, which can be really yummy, but it has nothing to do with sushi. Check out each restaurant if you want to have some variety.

David said...

Leesa,
I forgot you were vegetarian... (how can you survive in France? you're missing the best part of the country).
Still, I'm sure there are a lot of Chinese dishes that are without meat...

Vietnamese food is definitely my second favorite food in the world after South West French, Japanese coming only at third place.

L: yeah, this is the street I'm talking about, and no, not every Japanese restaurant serve sushi... Only sushi restaurants serve sushi.
Japanese restaurants are usually specialized.
You have sushi restaurants, ramen restaurants, udon restaurants, soba restaurants, etc, etc.

But I wouldn't really call these home food, more basic Japanese restaurant food. :-)

Leesa said...

Hi L-- Thanks for the info.. I have actually been to this endroit with my friend, Anais... We walked buy a ton of different japanese restos.. Such a wide variety.. YUM!!!

Hi David-- Hey! I've been here for almost 2 years now and I've survived thus far! Do you know, I was a vegan when I was in Cali. but because of French dairy products being more strictly controlled and of much better quality than in Cali... I have dropped the veganism and retained my vegetarianism. I don't know how strict I am if I DO eat fish from time to time.. I only eat saumon or tuna... Nothing else. I am sure that whatever I am missing out on in terms of French cuisine you can pick up the slack for me, k? Didn't know you were such a huge fan of Vietnamese food... There are a ton of V. restos all over the place..
Take care... Leese

David said...

Don't take it the wrong way, but this is a genuine question that always bothered me.
Why is it OK for vegetarians to eat fish and not other animals? I mean, fish are animals too, if it's wrong to eat animals, why is it not wrong to eat fish?
What the logic behind this?
(no irony here (for once), just a something I always wondered)


Apart from that if you have addresses for awesome Vietnamese restaurants downtown, I'd like them, because I know only two (I know there are a bunch in Chinatown, but it's kinda far for me).

Yeah, I'm big on Vietnamese cuisine for two reasons (which are related): there's a big Vietnamese community in the South West (that's where most refugee camps were located back in the days) and we find real genuine Vietnamese cuisine and restaurants all over the place (whereas there are almost no Chinese or Thai or other Asian restaurants) and my parents' neighbor, who's pretty much my third grandma (or even my second as one of them died a long time ago... or even my first as I'm not that close to the other one), is Vietnamese and might just be the best cook on Earth (and she taught me how to eat with chopsticks when I was about 7 or 8, that counts for something)

Leesa said...

Hi David,

Soooo, which wrong way would I take it?? You know that I won't be offended by any of your questions... A person who eats meat is NOTTTTTTTT a vegetarian... Fish are meat!! Some people in France, as well as in other parts of the world oddly think that if you are a vegetarian, you can eat fish.. WRONG!!! So, if I say I eat fish AND I am a vegetarian, I am a liar.. I cannot be both.. hmmmmm.... You decide... hehehe!!! I actually only eat fish at times for protein and I like the taste of saumon.. it's just about the only fish I eat, besides tuna. But, the reason I originally because a vegetarian was because I wanted to stop eating chicken and fish... At that time, I had already stopped eating red meat (I stopped when I was a teen). I was tired of eating polluted mean (hormones, antibiotics and all the other crap). There are more reasons.. not having to do at all with animal cruelty.. We will discuss it one day, I'm sure... It's an interesting topic for me...
Take care

David said...

You know I'm an equal opportunity offender, I don't reserve this to feminists...
And I've been known to offend my share of vegetarians and vegans in the past...
Maybe that was because I've called vegetarianism and veganism, eating disorders in the past...
I also wanted to petition the UN to legally consider Vegans as food (as in the food chain, they're down there with cows and sheep) to solve the problem of malnutrition in the world...

Among other things...

:-)

Actually, if I don't actually consider vegetarianism to be a eating disorder (I still have my doubts about veganism though), I definitely think it's a cultural thing. Just look how many Anglos are vegetarians and compare to other European countries. In the US, I was also surprised (almost shocked really) how people were so disconnecting food from the real world thing it comes from...

And because of all of this, it's just a mystery to me how one can decide not to eat a certain type of food based on other criteria than taste.

And when I hear people saying they're vegetarian but they eat fish, it puzzles me even more...
One other thing that puzzles me is that when people are vegetarians because it's not ok to kill animals. But apparently it is ok to kill plants in their book... Where do we draw the line, and most important, why there?

(my personal line is: if it can be killed, it can be eaten... ;-) OK, seriously, I think I can eat without thinking twice about anything my culture allows me too (which is a lot when you compare to the US), plus a few extras... I guess the only things I won't eat are humans and dogs and maybe cats too... and endangered species of course).

But if you don't eat meat because of hormones and such, I have good news for you, all this crap is illegal in French meat!!! So you can freely gorge yourself with it (I can't believe you're living in France and you don't eat South West duck... it's the most shocking thing I've read all week... ;-) ).

One thing I don't agree with you though (and a bit more seriously) is about fish raised in farms. I think those should be the only ones to be eaten as fishing in the oceans is the main cause of the whole oceanic ecosystems collapsing all over the world, even before global warming. Or river fish... River fish could be freely eaten...