This is one of the hot new places in town or at least in the Marais, if we can believe the queues in front of this canteen-like restaurant. The northern of Marais, in which Nanashi is located, is in general a great are for discovering many of the hottest new places in town – every time I go there, new places seem to have opened. However, it was actually a friend of mine who works in the area who was eager to try it out. That’s why it’s nice to have friends who live and work elsewhere!
Nanashi sounds Asian and indeed bentos are their specialty (priced €14 during weekdays, €16 on the weekend). However, once served there is very little Japanese food to be found. Instead, expect an explosion of the freshest vegetables that are not only rich in taste but also in colors. As a side dish you can order spring rolls or onigiris (little Japanese rice snacks), but the dessert card is very western.
If you decide to go, do not let the queue put you off, because the place is big and tables will free up sooner or later. The ambience is a bit loud, there is no music and the only decoration are the pretty lamps on the ceiling – as if nothing should distract you from the food.
By the way, the one I’ve been to is the Marais restaurant, but they have another one located at 31 rue de Paradis. Oh, and no reservations are taken!