Chef Sho Miyashita and his sidekick Jérémy Mégaly abandoned their food truck Munchies to set up shop in a former wine hotspot, Chambre Noire – which is now popping open more than just bottles on Rue Saint-Maur! The pitch? An izakaya with a radical look (a bar made of wooden planks, red faux leather benches, spotted mirrors), where Japanese small plates get fused with junk food…. Served à la carte the other night: glistening tonkatsu pork breaded with Doritos and covered in a sharp pitbull sauce; an incredible XXL gyoza stuffed with juicy steak; 24-carat karaage chicken drizzled in an ultra-savory mayo; sweet fatty tuna and sea bream sushi sourced from the Ebisu fish shop; sizzling mackerel doused in soy sauce on the smoking hot plancha; before a dessert combining whipped cream, tapioca pearls and apricots. It’s worth noting that there are donburi lunches – ex.: eggplant-zucchini-tomato, marinated chicken and soy sauce, etc. // A.A.
FEELING THIRSTY? A tiny selection of traveling natural wines (a German Riesling at €7 a glass, a Maori Pinot noir at €30 a bottle) or an iconic highball, Japan’s most famous cocktail – whiskey, soda and lime, €7.
PRICE: Plates €4-14.