1. Restaurants
  2. Région Languedoc-Roussillon
  3. Département de l'Hérault (34)
  4. Montpellier (34000)
  5. City of Montpellier

Mikado

Restaurant Mikado in MontpellierMikado (Montpellier) - © Jules Elmalan

It seems Paris is losing its best chefs one by one! After the reckless Amélie Darvas’ exodus to her own personal Garden of Eden in the Languedoc (Äponem, winner of Le Guide Fooding’s Best Restaurant of 2019 award), it’s time for Takétomo Luu Sumi (ex-Ito Chan) to head down the Autoroute du Soleil. His destination of choice? The Ecusson neighborhood, a gastronomic desert in Montpellier that’s been brought to life by the tiny Mikado, decked out with arched ceilings and entirely stone walls. The night we went, the Japanese chef played the game without cheating, thanks to a delightful Chashu ramen composed of a perfect fatty tonkotsu broth made with pork bones and dried bonito, in which every mouthful was an ace in the hole: melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, bamboo shoots, stewed shiitakes and a nitamago egg (€14 for everything). You’ll find lots of other good options on the blackboard menu: beef tataki (€7.50), prawns cooked with ginger and chives (€10); Japanese Také-style ribs (€9)… To drink, there’s a dry Kiku Massa Mune sake (€8 a glass), a Pic-Saint-Loup from the Domaine des Conquêtes with hints of sakura (€5 a glass), or a white wine from the Domaine de Roux (€20 a bottle). Plates €3.10 to €10. // Mina Soundiram

Getting there

Restaurant Mikado
31, rue Alexandre Cabanel
Montpellier
(34000)
France
43.6077662
3.8748183000000154
TEL: +33 7 88 19 12 29