Wandering the streets in Paris is one of my favorite passtimes. Walking around without goal and discovering places, meeting people.
We discovered the little japanese restaurant Ito Chan, in the Saint-George area down Pigalle.
We loved the interior, the small size of the place and the reduced menu which is very affordable. There are a few options, the plate with either meat/fish/vegetarian and 3 sides for 12€ or a delicious Ramen soup also with toppings for 11€.
The service is very friendly and Chef Take brings out the food himself, which he prepares in his tiny kitchen. The food, the dedication and the enthusiasm of Take and his team made me want to write about them.
Ito Chan exists since December 2014. After a great year Take and his partner bought the shop next door and turned it into a Japanese Tapas bar, only open in the evening.
Take was born in Paris from a Japanese mother and a mixed Asian father. His parents have a restaurant in the 9th where Take used to work. This was a great training since he is Chef of his place at only 27 and creates the recipes of the Tapas bar Ito Izakaya.
We had a wonderful time and I’ll make sure to pop in again on my next trip.
This is part of a series I am working on – portraits of people who move me through their initiative, their creativity and craftsmanship. I’d like to support their work by presenting some of them.
2, Rue Pierre Fontaine
Le Chateaubriand is considered one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Read here.
It is THE place to be and therefore, you should make sure to reserve a while in advance.
After a complicated reservation process from our part, being first 2 persons then 4, the friendly staff managed to find us a table by the kitchen at the last minute.
They might have regretted this later, considering that my lovely aunt, who introduced me to high gastronomie years ago, is addicted to her camera and doesn’t show any embarrassment when it comes to asking running waiters, submerged with orders, if they could take a picture of us. We had to apologize a couple of times and after another couple of funny situations this evening was a memorable great experience.
Chef Inaki Aizpitarte proposes a single menu for 60€ or 120€ with the drinks. We had a couple of them to try and they happened to be very interesting.
If you want to eat out in Paris I can only recommend this place.
Here some impressions of the evening
Address: 129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011
Tube station: Goncourt
Hours: Dinner only, closed Sunday&Monday
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: +33 1 43 57 45 95