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After the french japenese restaurant, the real one

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April 28, 2003

After the french japenese restaurant, the real one

Joi Ito went to his favorite restaurant to eat Japanese snapping turtle, or suppon. It looks absolutely delicious, but I must confess it will be very hard to find this kind of meal in a japanese restaurant installed in France, like the one we visited with Valery two weeks ago. Maybe we must start to search for a more expensive one...

(On "Joi Ito's Web": “Japanese Suppon Snapping Turtle at Daiichi”)

A cultural comment here:

The "suppon" snapping turtle is also called "maru" in Kyoto. Now, "maru" in japanese means "circle", hence the brush-stroked circular logo.
Depending on the context, thus, "maru-nabe" might mean either "a round pot" or "suppon stewed in a pot".

And another french fan of japanese food (François Nonnenmacher from "") “wonder[s] why all Japanese restaurants I know of in Paris are limited to the sushi/sashimi/maki/teriyaki quartet?”:

Love that too, but compared to the extent of Japanese food art, isn’t that their equivalent of fast food? It would be like saying that american food is nothing more than what you get at McDonalds!.

There is one answer to my question about good japanese restaurants in Paris in a comment from this site: maybe we should try the Tagawa restaurant (37bis rue Rouelle 75015 PARIS - 01 45 77 85 43).

Posted by Jean-Philippe on April 28, 2003 at 01:46 AM 30 Comments, 235 TrackBacks

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