Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fresh fish: Foujita

The Japanese restaurant Foujita has been around for more than three decades. Located in the Japanese quarter in Paris, where you find real estate ads exclusively in Japanese, groceries with unpronounceable products and many more exotic things, this restaurant is where I have lunch every other Saturday or so.

The place is anything but fancy, cool and design. It is more like a canteen. But the quality is indisputable, the service is quick and prices are ok. I like to sit in the bar and watch the guys prepare the dishes: sushi, sashimi, nuta, yakimono, natto, wagarashi, sunomono, makisushi, ippin ryouri, gohan/wan, yokan, ogura rice... My husband loves the chirashi whilst I generally opt for the sakedon. As it is often crowded, be early or book a table.

41 rue Saint Roch
75001 PARIS
Métro Pyramides (line 7 and 14)
01 42 61 69 39

Blissful bakery: Des gâteaux et du pain

Paris is exceptionally spoiled with wonderful bakeries. Bread is an utterly important element of the French cuisine: It is simply unthinkable to serve a meal without bread. Of course French bakeries sell the famous baguette - and all its varieties like my favorite called "le rustique" - but they come up with so incredibly much more... and it is really worth trying.

Each year, an award is given to the best bakery in Paris. The lucky - and well deserving - winner gets the privilege of becoming the official bread supplier to l`Elysée (the President´s residence). You can imagine yourself how the turnover soars, not only due to the President`s appetite for bread... Parisians do not mind walking a few minutes extra in the evening if at the end of the walk there is some fabulously well made bread to accompany their dinner.

As far as I know "Des gâteaux et du pain" is yet to become the best bakery in town (competition is stiff!), but it is one of my preferred addresses. They make a divine country bread called Polka, but they definitely know how to prepare other kinds of bread too, not to mention cakes or home-made marshmallows with a taste of orange flower.

Have a look at their website where all products are clearly exposed.

Des gâteaux et du pain
63 Boulevard Pasteur
75015 PARIS
Métro Pasteur (line 6 and 12)
Closed on Tuesdays