My friends and colleagues often ask me for recommendations of Japanese restaurants that earn my seal of approval, and I have to say that Okamé is very high up on my list in Paris.
This miniature counter-eatery/takeaway establishment keeps its orderly Japanese composure even at the busiest of times. At lunchtimes, without fail, the queue of professionals that work in the heart of one of Paris’ main business districts spills out of their little glass door and onto the street. I’m lucky enough to work nearby, so I like to regularly treat myself to a healthy, balanced lunch here.
The limited counter seating can’t be booked in advance so you have to time your lunch well (avoid going between 12:30 – 13:00), but it’s worth the effort. Even if there’s a wait when you arrive, the turnover is pretty fast. If it’s sunny, you can also takeaway and head to Parc Monceau, which is a only few minutes’ walk away.
Their menu consists of maki and chirashi that most people will be familiar with, to bento filled with typical Japanese home cuisine such as Kara-age (fried chicken), Hijiki (marinated seaweed) and Kakuni (braised caramelized tuna), which can also be bought as individual portions. I’ve tried most of the things on the menu now: everything is delicious, and the sashimi is very fresh.
Of the people that I have introduced to Okamé, not a single one has been disappointed…in fact, they keep wanting to go back!
Okamé | Restaurants (Japanese) | Mixed Chirashi € 14
235 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré | +33146229503
Mon – Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 20:30, Sat 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 20:00