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Calendar of Paris Events

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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"Rice & Fish" Sushi Restaurant

Rice & Fish
22 rue Greneta, 2nd
M° Réaumur Sébastopol
Tel 01 73 70 46 09

Review by Lisa Molle Troyer

If you read my review of Sushi Shop, you'll know that I was pretty darn happy to find their "close enough, California-style sushi". Well, guess what? I finally have a better recommendation!

Meet Rice & Fish. This unassuming little two-person outfit near Montorgueil opened a couple months ago, and apparently it's already packed to overflowing at lunch. Luckily for fans, they've just decided to open for dinner as well (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings – my husband and I happened to show up for their third dinner service ever, and we were the only customers).

The restaurant isn't much to look at, at least not yet. It has a snappy logo but no sign over the door, and the inside is sparsely set up with the usual red and black lacquered tables of Parisian sushi joints, plus a few Japanese prints and some abstract art on the walls. We did appreciate the plastic puffer fish in the window.

I first heard of Rice & Fish from Paris Food Intelligence, where blogger Adrian commented that "the food is decent, though not surprising in any way" – a fair description of our appetizers. We ordered some edamame, which were fine (€2.50), and a couple of seaweed salads (€1.50 each) that ended up being small cucumber salads with a few strips of seaweed on top. (Using seaweed from the Finistère up in Brittany was a nice touch.)

Why am I so enthusiastic, then? Because the sushi was wonderful and very surprising indeed in Paris, even if it might not have stood out in San Francisco. We ordered a Krunchy roll (tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber and secret sauce), a spicy tuna, a Chenille (unagi, avocado and cucumber) and the daily special, which happened to be a Cajun-spiced crawfish roll. They were just exactly what we have been missing since we were last in the States a year and a half ago – very good but not transcendent versions of typical rolls you might get in California.

The Krunchy was spot-on, as was the Chenille (which especially impressed my husband with the knife work on the avocado). The Cajun special was unconventional but tasty. Only the spicy tuna was a bit of a disappointment, mostly because I had such high hopes for it – it was ok, but more salty than particularly spicy or tangy. All of the rolls were a bit heavy on the rice; it didn't overpower the other ingredients, but it did leave us too full to try the tempura ice cream.

A few other offerings include the Rasta (asparagus, wakame, gobo and sesame seeds), the Thai (shrimp, avocado, Thai basil and green mango) and the New York (smoked salmon, red onions and capers), with prices from €5.50 to €8.00 per roll. I also have a feeling that sushi chef Andy would be willing to make your favorite roll even if it's not on the menu – he mentioned that we could have ordered the Krunchy with scallops, for example, though there was no mention of scallops anywhere.

Whether or not you should go to Rice & Fish is an easy call. If you're an American visiting Paris for a week, skip it and go eat something you can't get back home, and if you're looking for the best possible sashimi in town, there are probably better options. If, on the other hand, you live in Paris and you just can't shake the craving for a nice, big, crunchy, saucy creation, this is your place. Period.

Now if someone will just open a taco stand, my life will be complete.

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Reader Comments (2)

Very good review, it just might come handy when in Paris. Detailed and precise, good work and thanks!
February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Funny that you say if someone would just open a taco stand your life would be complete - that's exactly what Rice and Fish has turned into. The new Rice and Beans has delicious daily tacos, and some killer salsa. Good news for those still missing their sushi? Rice and Fish has recently reopened in a new location. :) Enjoy!
May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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