Oinari (Paris)

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Welcome to Oinari, a tiny SoPi temple dedicated to inarizushi (a small pocket of fried tofu marinated in dashi and stuffed with rice), that Yukinobu Iwaza prepares with love. The day we went for lunch, the former Tokyoite advertising executive sent out a dainty €16 bento menu: a classic miso soup; golden karaage chicken; her famous inarizushi with the toppings of your choice (delicious ground beef cooked in sake, a tasty seaweed-quinoa-edamame combo…); before Tokyo-made adzuki bean mochi for something sweet. Worth knowing: every night, the Asian influenced décor (Japanese flags, wooden barstools) transforms into a veritable izakaya, so you can snack on formidable takoyaki (octopus balls), delicious fried marinated eggplant, crisp green beans with sesame, or even tender chicken gyoza. // F.P.

FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a beautiful selection of imported sakes (Kametaya at €12 a glass, Okunokami at €65 a bottle), Japanese cocktails (including an extravagant Cassis Hojicha with roasted green tea and blackcurrant liqueur, €8) or Kirin beer (€5 for 330 ml).

PRICE: Menu €16-18 (weekday lunch), à la carte €19-29. 

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