A couple of years ago we ate at Giro Giro Hitoshina in Kyoto. We were blown away. So much so that we went back the next night. We absolutely loved it and were very excited to learn that they had recently opened a restaurant in Paris. We vowed that when we were next in the city, we would make a point of going there for a meal. We eventually got round to this is in July and were very disappointed. The concept is the same - a set of seats around a counter with the chef assembling the dishes while you watch. The menu is a set number of Japanese kaiseki dishes and you don’t know what you will be eating until you receive your food (presented in a lovely collection of quirky ceramic bowls). So far so good. But for some reason the experience didn’t quite match our expectations. The food wasn’t bad, but neither was it exceptional. Some of the dishes felt a bit messy and thrown together and apart from the foie gras sushi - a speciality of the house - none of the dishes really stood out. You can probably find a better and more memorable Japanese meal elsewhere in Paris for a similar price.
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