The sixth is the center of our Parisian universe.  Though we take up just a tiny sliver of its 0.8 square mile (about 300 square feet to be exact), we have spent a large chunk of our dining hours within its boundaries, everywhere from hole-in-the-wall joints to nicer sit-down restaurants to the well-frequented Monoprix supermarket for a meal back at home.  There remain many known and unknown gems to be sampled but we have no doubt that we will get through most of them, or fail trying.  After all, we love eating as much as we love living where we live.
 
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Sushi House
50, rue Dauphine
01.43.25.54.85
M° Odéon

Euro - 9 to 16   
Like a bell curve, there are really good restaurants at one end that earn raves and accolades and there are bad restaurants at the other that are visited with scorn and derision.  And then, there are all of the restaurants that occupy the vast middle ground, more or less indistinguishable from one another.  Reviews for these are generally short and often uninspiring, and at times seemingly unnecessary.  Similarly, when it comes to making dining decision these in-the-middle restaurants pose a unique dilemma:  Which to choose?   One class of restaurants that are over-represented in this category in Paris are the countless yakitori/sushi houses offering, well, pretty much the same things at pretty much the same price and tasting pretty much OK across the board.
 
 
 
 
  A good maki:  The avocat crevette beignet (6.50€).
 
 
With this understanding, when one has the craving for this kind of food, it is best just to pop into the first one that one stumbles upon that does not appear outright horrid and go with it.  One night, like any other night, we chose a nice looking one called Sushi House on rue Dauphine.  Riot satisfied his yakitori craving with one of the omnipresent menus, specifically, menu A (10.80€).  The five brochettes included:  caille (quail), boulettes de poulet, poulet, boeuf, and boeuf au fromage.  He liked the chicken balls the best but there was never more than one of which in one of these menus and getting them individually was not worth the price (even though one would think that ground chicken is the cheapest kind of meat).  These skewers were good and so were the usual entourage of cabbage salad and miso soup.  Nez went with the menu tempura assortiment (12.60€) but the tempura was not the best, in other words, just average, just the kind served at these restaurants.  The avocat crevette beignet (6.50€) roll that we shared was better.
 
 
 
 
 
  It tastes as average as it looks:  The main course of Menu Tempura Assortiment (12.60€).
 
 
 
 
   
The restaurant filled up quickly with diners who seemed excited and regulars who obviously returned for their own reasons.  The staff, it was noted, spoke Chinese but that was not extraordinary and not as big a deal as some of the Japanese food “purists” might like to make it.  One need not be Japanese to whip up this kind of middle-of-the-road meal (nor, must one be Japanese to whip up a great Japanese meal).  It’s kind of like that Geico commercial:  It’s so simple even a cave man could make it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  An assortment of skewers:  The yakitori options of Menu A, with the chicken balls on the far left being the best (10.80€).
 
 
 
 
 
  And more maki:  Unagi (5€) and California (5€) rolls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Still more maki:  Avocat fromage blanc (5.50€) and avocat crevette beignet (6.50€) rolls.
 
 
 
 
 
  There is a menu option for every desire:  The non-yakitori portion of Menu F, which includes 12 slices of sashimi and 2 maki maison (16.50€).
 
 
 
 
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