Restaurant Benchy (Paris)

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Banzai! Now you can get your hands on a sando in the most beautiful neighborhoods of Paris! Just pop into Benchy, the second spot from fashion designer and consultant Kaito Hori – the izakaya Sanjo is his as well. In this Tokyo-style kissaten (unfinished walls, a marble and concrete bar, stylish light fixtures, a jazzy soundtrack), start by ordering the famous Japanese sandwich made on soft and airy white bread, available here in a few different versions, including: tamago (eggs, Japanese mayonnaise and yuzu chili paste), tuna (with lettuce, tomatoes, capers and the same mayonnaise), pastrami (plus red cabbage, mustard, more mayonnaise and cornichons)… and even wagyu beef, available only if you special order it a day ahead of time. Want something for dessert? There’s another sando available, one that’s deliciously fruity (kiwi, strawberry, clementine…) and filled with mascarpone whipped cream in addition to the fruit. As a bonus for all those with a sweet tooth, there’s a selection of beautiful pastries: chocolate terrine, matcha and whipped cream cake, hojicha green tea cookies… We’ll definitely be back for more! // Albertine Simonet 

FEELING THIRSTY? Very good coffees (€3-6), matcha lattes made with oat or soy milk (€5), sencha, hojicha or matcha green tea (€5), along with a few beers and Japanese soft drinks (Coedo Ruri pilsner, yuzu lemonade…). 
PRICE: Savory sandos €9-14 (the wagyu version is €48 however!), sweet sandos €8-9, pastries €3-5. 

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