The prospect of dining out in Paris conjures the scent of ripe farm cheeses and the crackle of a freshly baked baguette, the allure of rich coq au vin and the tentative splendour of an airy souffle. What you might not immediately think of is sushi – superlative, fin-spankingly fresh, and masterfully prepared. But that’s what you get at Sushi Okuda, headed by lauded Japanese chef Toru Okuda. And it’s a dining experience not to be missed, one that’s not readily available outside Tokyo – unless of course you head over to Okuda’s other Parisian dining establishment, Restaurant Okuda. Chef Okuda has earned numerous accolades during his culinary career, including a handful of Michelin stars and the right to be called a master of the ancient Japanese art of kaiseki.
With credentials like that, the bar is set high and Sushi Okuda more than delivers. The sleek restaurant, designed by architect Toshiyuki Sugiyama, offers a tranquil window into the Japanese aesthetic, from the warm blonde wood and delicate sliding doors to the hemp and cotton curtain you enter through. And the menu, which changes with day-by-day and with the seasons, showcases chef Okuda’s skills and vision with aplomb (and includes more than a few sushi dishes, as the name implies). To accompany the food, Sushi Okuda serves an extensive variety of sakes, including a few Japanese whiskies, as well as beer, soft drinks, and a sweeping selection of wine. Here, you can sit back and entrust your tastebuds to the chef – you’re in for a treat.