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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Four Baguettes
   
Tsukizi
2bis, rue des Ciseaux
Closed Mondays
01.43.54.65.19
M° Saint-Germain-des-Prés

 
Euro - 25 or more
We’ve lost count of how many times we have lamented the lack of a “real” sushi restaurant in Paris that is not a yakitori-and-maki joint.  Now, we have seen enough talking heads on the web pontificating about everything from calling the sushi police to arms to questioning the very term “authenticity” itself.  Yes, we do miss our favorite specialty rolls from all around San Francisco that you would never find in the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo.  But what we really find lacking in Paris, leaving aside the matter of authenticity, is the freshness of the fish and the materials.  It is quite a shame, really, for such a gastronomical center point.

Thus, it was quite a delight when we popped our heads into this little narrow storefront one weekend after discreetly scoping out the interior from the outside.  In front of the sushi bar, diners perched relaxed on tall stools watching their food in artful creation by the jolly sushi chefs behind the counter.  At their back, on the wall, was a row of coat hooks and coats.  One of the chefs even sported a ringed rolled-up towel on his shaven head to wick off the sweats, an undisputed and subtle sign of authenticity if one needed any such thing in this joint.  We arrived in the middle of a lively discussion of the upcoming vacances that everyone was looking forward to.  We could not help but feel a bit out of place, quietly eating our food, and hoping one day to be included in this exclusive fellowship.
 
 
 
 
 
  We did not want to miss the photo the second time around:  The sushi menu (28€) with just the right assortment.
 
 

 
 
 
As soon as we sat down on our stools, we hungrily eyed the fish behind the glass divide and were ecstatic to see more than just the usual salmon (which is just about the only kind of fish you see in the many “sushi” shops in Paris).  Not knowing where to start we decided to put our trust in the chef’s decision and went with the sashimi menu and sushi menu (both 28€).  In both, there were, for sure, maguro, saba, ebi, and, of course, sake. There might even have been suzuki and tai.  We weren’t quite sure but we were very pleased to be able to eat some good, fresh fish for once.  We didn’t have our camera with us that day but will be sure to have it the next time around, at the very least to remember, during leaner times, what real sushi looks like.  This is a great meal but it comes at a hefty price.  Most of the time, that is just how it is.
 
 
 
 
 
  All the best (and freshest) sashimi in Paris:  The mouth-watering sashimi menu (28€).
 
 

 
 
 
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