– Lise, do you know any of these Japanese restaurants where they cook in front of you, making a show, juggling with the food and all?
– Oh yes, once I was in a restaurantlike that, the Cook was carving the cuttle fish while it was cooking, it was incredible!
– Can we go then? Say yes, say yes!
– It was in Singapore.
Teppanyaki, literally meaning “grilled on an iron griddle” is a cooking method used in traditional Japanese cuisine since the XVIth century. It’s also a style of restautant which mixes western ingredients and the use of teppan to cook them. Although these restaurants have their roots in Kobe, it’s in the USA that they become popular, the Americans adding their sense of show to the preparation of food. Then, eating in a teppanyaki restaurant is as an impressive show, the cooks juggling with the food and the knives as well as a delicious meal.
There are a few of them in Paris, including this address recommended by J*. Open in the beginning of the 70s, this is one of the first Japanese restaurants in Paris. I didn’t know it, an accident probably. Maybe because Hanafousa is also hidden in a tiny street close to Odeon.
With its large tables around the teppan, Hanafousa has a selection of menus ranging from 33 to about 80€, including a starter, a soup miso or a selection of sushi/sashimi/tempura, one or several teppanyaki specialities and possibly a dessert.
Here, to stard we had a delicious miso soup and sushi perfectly soft.
The menu came together with a perfecly prepared Japanese rice, which is a clear signal of a good restaurant. Actually, I often base my judgment on basic dishes to qualify a restaurant.
Closed at lunchtime, Mondays and Tuesdays