I haven’t been to many Japanese restaurants, but one that I am already craving to go back to is Japonais. I went for the first time recently, and the food is seriously mouth-watering good.
I’m surprised I’ve never came across it before though, considering it’s a hard-to-miss 10,000 sq ft space designed by Jeffrey Beers International. Dimly lit with adorning tree sculptures throughout, its modern decor is sleek and cozy at the same time.
And figures why I must love it so much though — Japonais is a Chicago transplant in NYC (just like me!). Using French techniques with Japanese flavors, the food ends up being a tasty marriage of both.
I went with my friend Summar who went straight for the sushi, though I probably did an odd thing: I ordered a burger. Even stranger, it was the best burger I’ve had since the one I had at More in Dubai.
A togarashi spiced burger with truffle mayo and blue cheese, it was seasoned so well and just really tasty. Never thought my favorite burger would end up being at a Japanese restaurant. I wished I ordered a lighter side, since the sweet potato fries were heavy — but still delicious with its sweet mayo dipping sauce.
Summar said her Japanese Wild Yellowtail Sushi ($4 at lunch time!) was fresh and well-prepared. She was already talking about coming back herself!
Love. Going back for sure.
Appetizers are about $4-$24, and entrees will run you about $19- $35. Check out their website for lunch specials and pre-fixe dinners!
111 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003