Cuisine: Asian, Diner, Japanese
Price Range: $
From the street view when you walk by along rue Charlot, this looks like a lunch time takeout counter. But what Kaori Endo and her partner, the eponymous Lionel Bensemoun, have expertly left for... Read More
From the street view when you walk by along rue Charlot, this looks like a lunch time takeout counter. But what Kaori Endo and her partner, the eponymous Lionel Bensemoun, have expertly left for discovery, is that this restaurant actually spans the length of the entire block. That's to say, this isn't just your mama's bento box takeout lunch spot. Each plate, no matter what you order, is bursting with vegetables, mostly raw. Brown rice also has a featured role. As you make your way along the long counter in the entry room, you come onto several smaller interconnected dining areas until you finally reach the other side of the block. For dinner there are a few more choices made available and the portions are larger. It's also quieter and can even afford intimate dining. The décor is minimal but still stylish in a Formica table, unassuming way.
57 Rue Charlot
- Asian: "Fresh vegetables, whole roasted or steamed, and grains such as bulgur, brown rice, azuki beans and couscous round out the Bento boxes. The Bentos come in a choice of vegetables, fish or beef. And the salad of the day is usually some form of cabbage, shredded with a delicious umami-drenched house dressing. The eatery is as popular a place for takeaway as it is to dine in. And the healthy fresh vegetables and whole grains are wellness sustaining."
- Best for Asian Because: I can't think of another place that marries the authentic Japanese Bento Box as well with a Parisian vibe.