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Eastern Romance

March 03, 2016
Kinugawa Matignon

Following in the footsteps of its older sibling on Mont Thabor, Kinugawa Matignon also bills itself as a contemporary izakaya. Located near Champs-Elysées, the stunning space – a mixture of striking graphic details and plush furnishings – was designed by French duo Gilles & Boissier.

In the kitchen, Toyofumi Ozuru creates surprising flavours, with early standouts including lamb ribs with red miso and scallops, as well as Yellowtail carpaccio with yuzu. Appealing to all the senses, the menu has been developed exclusively for this venue, and is intended for convivial sharing and socialising. Sample cold or hot entrées, a ceviche salad or some tasty king crab tempura, before hitting up the big proteins, sushi and sashimi.

Can’t choose? Let the six-course Kinugawa tasting menu lead the way. Wash it down with Asahi, sake, wine or champers. Desserts deliver oriental flavours. At lunchtime, order a bento box.

Bag an intimate alcove table or perch at the illuminated metal sushi bar. Interiors team chic neutrals and warm wood with textured cream walls that take their cue from Zen sand patterns, white carpet splashed with geisha-lipstick red and romantic window screens. Artist Alix Waline’s graphic monochrome frescoes recall Japanese wave prints. A definite for date night.

1bis rue Jean Mermoz, 8th / +33 1 42 25 04 23 / lunch & dinner daily / + branch /