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Issé Japanese izakaya in Paris | Paris by Mouth

Izakaya Issé

Practical information

Address: 45 rue de Richelieu, 75001
Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 96 26 60
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of Cuisine: Japanese
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “In this shop that’s somewhat rough around the edges and decorated with newspaper, they deliver donburi, big bowls of rice covered in stewed beef, spareribs (kakuni-don) or grilled eel (una-don) or sashimis in a formula that slips comfortably below the €20 barrier. Which leaves room for sakes, damn well sourced by Toshiro Kuroda, the best ambassador of rice wine in Paris.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “I walked into Izakaya Issé on the rue de Richelieu, hoping for a quick, flavorful, inexpensive and light lunch. And that’s just what I got, in the name of domburi, the Japanese bowl of rice covered with a diverse assortment of fish, shellfish, meat or poultry.”

Le Figaro (2011) “…Aubergines mijotées, joues de bœuf au miso, couteaux sautés à l’ail, brochettes de porc avec légumes frits, fritures de pommes de terre et oignons… C’est plaisant, sans prise de chou, agréable à picorer, charmant pour tout dire.”

John Talbott (2009) “…a place all the critics have been falling all over themselves about…Occasionally the big boys, when they haven’t been outside Paris for a while, fall in love with a chimera.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “…je me régale tous les samedis, presque à en devenir monomaniaque…”

Photo courtesy of Issé’s Facebook page 


Gyoza Bar opens new location in Marais

Gyoza Bar 2 (75003) – The Japanese dumpling bar now has a chic second location in the Haut Marais that Paris Bouge declared “tout comme dans l’autre restaurant… Cuisiné par des mains expertes sur un plan de travail tout en ouverture, ce petit chausson rapide en bouche, cuit à la vapeur et grillé d’un côté, se trempe dans une sauce soja-agrume parfaitement relevée.” What is different at this location, however, is flavored angel food cake roll-ups from Pâtisserie Ciel for dessert.

For practical information and additional reviews, read our guide page for Gyoza Bar 2.

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Colorful, Japanese-inflected salads, soups, and small plates, as well as a decidedly non-Japanese coffee cream tart, courtesy of a Rose Bakery alum. Three locations, one on the rapidly changing rue du Paradis, the thoroughly bobofied upper Marais, and now in the Bonpoint boutique in the 6th.

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Photo by Meg Zimbeck

Rice & Fish

An inexpensive pair of Japanese restaurants (run by an American chef) along rue Grenata. 16 rue Greneta continues to feature innovative maki and sushi, while 22,the space that formerly contained Rice & Beans (R.I.P.), has been transformed into a Japanese grill.

Practical information

Address: 16 & 22 rue Grenata, 75002
Nearest transport: Réaumur-Sébastopol (3,4), Étienne Marcel (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Wednesday only for lunch; Open Thursday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 73 70 46 09 or 01 42 36 63 72

Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: japanese & sushi
Special attributes: standout seafood, breakfast burritos, brunch

Reviews of interest

Sophie Doran (2013) “Rice & Fish Yakimono has appeared in the space that once was Rice & Beans, focusing on grilled meats and fish, with rice and pickle as the name perhaps suggests. All fish is à la marché, sold at market prices, selected by the proprietor himself each morning.”

TimeOut Paris (2013) “Don’t come here for classical sushi, but relax and enjoy the creativity; ‘Krunchy’ maki with prawn tempura and avocado, a Chenille (caterpillar) with avocado and eel, or a Cicciolina (fried calamari, aioli and cucumber). They’re unusual, for sure, but they’re also fresh and moreish.”

Le Fooding (2012) “Au programme, d’extravagants makis roulés par un Américain décomplexé, dont l’imagination sans limites parle à une clientèle écrasante de beauté. L’Hawaïen (côte de porc au miso, ananas, tsukemono, noix de macadamia), le Chenille (avocat, anguille, sauce secrète) ou le Björk (saumon teriyaki, avocat, concombre, poireaux frits) figurent parmi ses audacieuses trouvailles, fraîches et attachantes.”

Emmanuel Rubin (2011) “On y retrouve les recettes classiques de sushi, de maki ou de tempura, mais l’intérêt réside dans les créations originales telles que les makis papaye verte-basilic-dorade ou crabe-daurade-aïoli.”

Meg Zimbeck (2009) “More spectacular was the Sumo roll – an unlikely combination of tempura pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, violet potato, miso and fennel. It packed such a technicolor punch that Futo maki which followed (tofu, avodado, radish, cucumber) seemed wan by comparison.”