Situated a short (5minute) walk from a Metro station, the restaurant was easy to find with minimal knowledge of the area. Although the street did not cater for outside seating, the indoor tables situated at the front of the restaurant allowed for the warmth of indoors, with the feel of outdoors should you wish a more natural illumination in the cooler spring evenings. These tables were ideal for customers wishing to utilise the cafe aspect of the restaurant. However, for a more authentic feel, we opted to move to the seated area opposite the counter to consume our meal.
In principal the bento box offers all that it should: vegetables, meat and rice. However, the menu options are far more exciting than this alone. You choose 3 vegetable dishes, one meat, one side and one dessert. Unlimited green tea is included in the 12Euro set price.
On this occasion we tried wasabi brocoli, courgettes, oven cooked veg, taragon chicken balls, soya noodles, and chocolate tart, roughly translated. Alongside apple, horsebean, and cucumber salad; carrots; and salade of the day- potatoes; tataki beef; risotto and rhubarb crumble. Each of which was utterly delicious, and undoubtedly value for money. But for those who are indecisive, and not sure what to pair together, staff are happy to recommend dishes, and which would complement each other - and better yet help to bring balance to your meal.
The food was fresh and well prepared, as you choose which items to include in your meal, preparation time is minimal once your order has been placed. Each customer receives a tray in which the bento box rests, giving a more authentic feel to the order. The bento boxes themselves were obviously disposable,however, did hold an element of charm in their organised divisions. The portions may look a bit on the small side, but once you start eating it is not long before you realise that you are more than satisfied with the meal. One of the best parts about this meal was leaving, not full/overfull but with the sense of having eaten a light and refreshing meal which tasted good and did not leave you hungry 30 minutes later!
Staff were polite and friendly. Most were of the younger age group (20-30), but knowledgeable in their products and happy to help. In the evening staff light candles to give more to the ambience, which was a nice touch.
Overall I thought this was a delightful restaurant, which had a good range of choices for the bento and a bargain price of 12Euro. Paris has its fair share of Japanese restaurants, namely sushi, some of which are brilliant but this is one of few I can safely say I will make a point of returning to in the near furture.
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