The only two cuisines we typically miss when we’re in Europe for an extended period of time are Mexican and Japanese. After a week of rich French food, it never fails that we want a taco and sashimi (not at the same time).
When we heard about this little Michelin-Plate Japanese restaurant in Burgundy that specializes in natural wine, we knew we had to try it. Mikihiko and Sachiko Sawahata opened their Japanese restaurant in 2004 and it’s become an institution in the heart of Beaune. With a patio overlooking the La Bouzaize river, it’s the perfect spot for an al fresco summer lunch.
Start with a glass of bubbles and Bissoh’s signature fried oysters, which are the best we have ever had anywhere. Perfectly plump and coated with crispy panko you’ll be tempted to order more than one. An older Frenchman sitting next to us one night said he hates fried oysters, but Bissoh’s changed his mind. Bissoh’s sushi is top notch, but if you’re in the mood for something heavier, the menus usually feature hot dishes as well like Bresse chicken with ginger sauce or a mixture of tempura vegetables and shrimp.
If you are a wine lover, the list at Bissoh will impress. Bissoh has an extensive collection of rare and natural wines from all over France cultivated as a result of the Sawahata’s relationships with premier producers and respect in the community. Notably, they are friends with Tomoko Kuriyama of Chantereves, so there’s usually at least one or two reds and whites from Chantereves on the list. It’s our go-to order at Bissoh because Bissoh is one of the only restaurants where you can count on finding it.
We actually became regulars at Bissoh and can’t wait to visit again when we’re back in town. We recommend calling to make a reservation.
Bissoh, 42 Rue Maufoux, 21200 Beaune, France, +33 3 80 24 01 02