L'Inconnu restaurant
the chef at work in the kitchen of L'Inconnu. © Yuichi Aoki

I recently had the pleasure of dining at one of the most promising new restaurants in Paris. L’Inconnu opened its doors in November 2015 in the heart of the 7th arrondissement in Paris.

From Japan to Italy, and passing through France, the experiences of Chef Koji Higaki brings the diner the richness of three cultures. But it is Italy that most seduced Chef Higaki, thanks to its market-fresh products and simple cooking techniques. Make no mistake, L’Inconnu is not about fusion cuisine. However, since the chef is Japanese, you will find a subtle Japanese sensibility in the plates. Also, Chef Higaki’s five year experience cooking at the restaurant “Passage 53” (while it obtained 2 Michelin stars) is evident in the finesse of his cuisine.

L'Inconnu, Paris
© Yuichi Aoki
L'Inconnu, Paris
© Yuichi Aoki

Using top-notch products, perfect seasonings, and lovely, light sauces, the food is creative and perfectly mastered. At L’Inconnu, I experienced Italian cuisine of the highest level. Even the order of the food courses was original. The small course of pasta follows the main course (fish or meat) because the chef wants his clients to finish their meal with a typically Italian dish.

With 25 seats, the ambiance of the restaurant is simple but elegant. More than 100 wines, mostly Italian (Piedmont and Tuscany), are offered a la carte.

L’Inconnu means “the unknown”. It would be well worth your while to experience– and get to know!— this restaurant.

L’Inconnu, 4 rue Pierre Leroux, 75007 Paris. Tel:  01 53 69 06 03. Open from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Closed Sunday evening and Monday. Lunch Menus: 24, 38, and 55 Euros. Dinner Menus: 45, 65 Euros

Barbara Gerber is the France Today Ambassador for Los Angeles

L'Inconnu, Paris
© Yuichi Aoki
L'Inconnu, Paris
© Yuichi Aoki
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A native of Los Angeles, Barbara is the France Today Ambassador for L.A. She graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in Political Science, and also received her JD degree from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, she spent her junior year in Grenoble, France. From that time on, she has been an avid and passionate Francophile. She has visited almost every region in France, and still pursues French language courses in Los Angeles. She continues to visit France every year.

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