It was a fascination with French culture that brought Dai Shinozuka to France, and an ongoing passion for French food that led to the creation of Les Enfants Rouges, the Paris restaurant he has run with his wife, Tomo, since 2013.
The cuisine at Les Enfants Rouges is French (and some of the best in Paris), with an interesting twist to each of the three courses on the set menu. Dai adds refinement and flare to the ‘bistronomie’ style – the menu constantly evolving with the season and produce available.
Dai learnt much of his technique at a Michelin-starred restaurant Le Clos des Sens, in Annecy-le-Vieux, where he took an internship. Following a stint in Tours in the Loire valley, he moved to Paris to work with Yves Camdeborde at Le Relais Saint Germain, and then at l’Ami Jean, which he still considers his favourite restaurant in Paris.
The beginnings of his cooking career were humble and even accidental – at the age of 22, he had moved from Japan to Annecy to study French, and it was his host family who found him a casual job in a local kitchen. Tomo was in Annecy working as a Japanese teacher and when Dai decided to open his own restaurant in Paris, she changed careers so they could work together to realise their dream. The couple’s warmth, both toward each other and their valued guests, makes the experience a truly local one. Greeted at the door (as if you are an old friend), Tomo’s beaming smile is a precursor for the magnificent meal to follow.
The restaurant is named after the market across the street, and tucked away on the narrow rue de Beauce, just steps away from the popular rue de Bretagne. The space is simple and unassuming, with stone walls and tiled tables – though it is the staff and their exceptional service who set the atmosphere, their attentiveness to both the food and their guests something special. Les Enfants Rouges is a local Marais and Apartments Actually favourite- a must do on any Paris itinerary.
Dai’s ideal Day in Paris:
hours: Thursday to Monday- 12h30 to 14h & 19h to 22h
closed: Tuesday & Wednesday
phone: +33 (0)1 48 87 80 61