Saké Lover

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Hiroko Tabuchi already won us over with Okomusu and her okonomiyaki, those lovely omelets stuffed full of good things, typical of the Osaka region. The Japanese chef is now at it again with this izakaya, combining bistro furniture and a Japanese woodblock print inspired mural, where sexy little plates whizz about. For us, the other night: delicious eggplant like little pillows sautéed in miso and sake, dotted with of mint and cilantro; electric mackerel with flame-charred skin marinated in rice vinegar and kombu; incredible pork belly strewed in mirin and ginger – tender, sweet meat and good caramelized fat; before a very good crème brûlée with sake dregs. At lunch, the kawaii prix-fixe menu parades out as either a donburi or an extra-thin somen wheat noodle salad. // R.deC.

FEELING THIRSTY? Kirin beer on tap (€4.50 for a half-pint), shochu (€6 a glass) and an outstanding selection of sakes, including the French Wakazé made with Camargue rice (€36 a bottle) or the Kubota Manju from one of the very best Japanese distilleries (€122).

PRICE: Set menu €14.80 (lunch), plates €5-15 (dinner).

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