Le Fooding Guide’s 2009 Japanese new wave award
Back in 2008, Guilo Guilo was ahead of the game when it came to new Nipponese cuisine on Parisian cobblestones, and today it still continues to tickle our swooning palates around the bar in a tiny all-black dining room. At each service – at 7pm and 9:30pm sharp – Eiichi Edakuni (whose reputation proceeds him from Tokyo to Hawaii) sends out his tasting menu composed of eight deadly blasts of flavor. The night we went it included: delicate bluefin tuna smoked over hay with a fromage blanc and cauliflower mousse, shiso leaf, eggplant and watermelon jelly; mackerel that was as tender as could be, smoked in front of us by the chef, with rice, marinated radishes, radish sprouts and a mackerel broth; and a whole series of desserts – matcha mousse, sake jelly, peach soup, red bean ice cream and a toasted sesame tuile. So, go go go to Guilo Guilo! // F.V.
FEELING THIRSTY? Two options: sake from Japan (a sparkling bijoufu Shuma at €12 a glass or a junmai Hina at €15) or wines from France: a Viré-Clessé Tête from the Domaine Thévenet-Quintaine (€8 a glass), a Margaux from Château du Tertre (€11), or even Les Hautés, a white Auxey-Duresses from the Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent 2013 (€75 a bottle). Unless you’d rather try the yuzu shochu cocktail (€8).
PRICE: Set menu €55.