Having opened the original Nanashi in Paris' 10th arrondissement last year, owner and man about town Lionel (who also runs Le Baron and a number of other elite Parisian establishments) has opened a second branch of this healthy Japanese-inspired canteen in the hipster neighbourhood of the moment, the Northern Marais.
In keeping with the original branch, the menu here features daily-changing seasonal fare, conceived by chef Kaori Endo, formerly of the Rose Bakery. The speciality is the bento box, which comes in veggie, meat and fish varieties, featuring a protein and a grain on one side (so tofu and brown rice, or fish croquettes and quinoa) and vegetables or salad on the other side of the two-compartment container. There are also brioche pizzas, salads, fresh juices and yummy cakes (the green tea and raspberry one even sounds like it might be good for you).
The decor here is airier and more luminous than the original, with bright white walls, vast windows, lots of natural light and bold primary coloured chairs. If the original branch is a bit Berlin, this one could be described perhaps as a bit Stockholm.
A great address for a healthy but hearty, and reasonably priced, lunch (the bentos come in at around €10), to eat in or take-away.
57 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 44 61 45 49
All photos copyright Kim Laidlaw Adrey