Where to Eat Japanese (and More!) in Paris with Tu Es Mon TRÉSOR
Not everyone conducting fashion business this week in Paris is a Parisian. Designers and brands from European and Asian cities make Paris their home base during Fashion Week; it’s a simple matter of critical mass—everyone’s here.
Tokyo-based designers Miki Aizawa and Aimi Fukumoto of the embellished-denim and killer trench coat line Tu es mon TRÉSOR visit the City of Light this time of year, although they don’t hold a runway show or even a formal presentation. They meet with buyers and editors, and they hang out and catch inspiration in cafés and city streets.
The Flower Bijou parka from Tu es mon TRÉSOR’s look book; courtesy Tu es mon TRÉSOR
And they eat beautiful meals. It’s Paris; that’s part of what you do here, after all. We asked if they had any favorite Japanese spots here, and they do—they also mentioned a few fun French/English joints and an upscale Thai restaurant, too. But it was the special of the house at Nodaiwa that we were most interested in.
At Nodaiwa, on the famous shopping street Rue Saint-Honoré near the Louvre, they pretty much do one thing, and they do it very well: grilled eel. Using only the best imported eel, specially trained Japanese chefs render the fish incredibly tender. They serve their preparation over rice with a sauce made from a traditional recipe, and this is joined by pickled vegetables, grated daikon and—nope, not miso soup—a serving of French consommé. For dessert, mochi. Nodaiwa’s version of the traditional rice cake dessert is perfectly light but wonderfully rich at the same time.
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