I've always admired the hard-working Japanese ladies at Rose Bakery. They wake up early to make me scones and carrot cake for breakfast. I like to get there early to peoplewatch them mixing and kneading next to the towering double stove. One of them, Kaori Endo, left to open Nanashi in the 10th and I figured it would be a no-brainer success. When she quickly opened another in the 3rd, I was surprised. It's right in Rose's backyard. I tried it out today and while not quite ready for primetime, it deserves a repeat visit.
It's a ridiculously large, bright, beautiful space right across the street from Tartes Kluger. Judging from the paint smell and muffled hammering, it literally just opened.
I stared at the menu trying to figure the place out. I'd describe it as Japanese bento meets French bio (as in natural), falls in love, has a baby. None of the three main bentos (beef, fish and vegetarian) is available on the weekend so I settled for something called Bento a la Parisien. It was a melange of thinly sliced ham, soft boiled egg, wild rice, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, shredded carrots and greens. It tasted as though it were harvested a blink before being served. So healthy that I felt my blood pressure drop.
I quicky tried to gain my balance and get back on my usual unhealthy track. The chocolate fondant with yuzu looked ordinary enough.
57, rue Charlot