paris: mussubï restaurant opening

© mussubï - photography: ayumi shino - give us japanese lunch anyday...

is cute the new cool? the japanese certainly have a penchant for anything kawaii, and this little omosubi lunch restaurant - or is it a canteen? - actually straddles both categories. the newly opened mussubï is located in the heart of canal st.-martin, a neighbourghood in the french capital that increasingly rivals the leading hipster status of the more established marais area. compact in size, it features a cool interior designed by paris-based interior design practice studio janréji which beautifully captures the establishment's cultural heritage and its family-owned spirit. the walls and ceiling are lined with tavaillons, cut-up planks of fragrant red cedar which are usually applied as roofing material for traditional houses. the back wall features round ceramic tiles that reference the delicacies on offer at mussubï. and speaking of food, you get to choose from neatly arranged bento boxes filled with various omosubi, salads and meats, and which come in three different sizes. there's also a vegetarian option for picky palates. mussubï is open on weekdays only [12am-3pm], and if you get here early you'll be able to grab one of the very few seats available. location: 89 rue d'hauteville [canal st.-martin].

© mussubï - photography: ayumi shino - cute, cool and delicious