WHAT IS AMAMI?
We're often described as an anglo-japanese cafe because of our mixed backgrounds and the type of pastry and food we make which combines a lot of culinary influences - but we don't spend too much time trying to fit into a specific mold. Our motto is: we make what we love. We love experimenting with flavors from our childhoods or our travels and discovering new ones all the time but essentially it means we bake and cook the things we personally love eating and would want to share with our best friends. Fortunately our clients are a cool bunch and seem to appreciate our style.
ARE YOU AN ORGANIC CAFE?
No, we're not strictly organic. We focus first and foremost on taste and quality. This means we do end up using many organic ingredients but not exclusively.
DO YOU MAKE CAPPUCCINOS/ESPRESSOS/LATTES?
We don’t make espresso based drinks because we really love filter extraction - it’s the method which allows the entire complex range of aromas in a great coffee bean to emerge. So we prefer to focus on making a great filter brew instead of ten mediocre espresso variations. And as with everything else we do, we focus on quality: using single origin beans freshly roasted by Belleville Brulerie, filtered water, and precise grind and temperature control.
DO YOU SELL COFFEE BEANS?
Yes! We sell freshly roasted beans from Belleville Brulerie in 300gr. bags. We also sell everything you need to make a great cup at home like Hario ceramic grinders, V60 filters and Kinto coffee carafes.
WHAT IS A BENTO?
Broadly speaking it’s lunch - in Japan it’s most often a homemade boxed lunch with rice, fish or meat and pickled or cold vegetables. At Amami we take the concept as our starting framework and then play a bit with cross cultural flavors, introducing new variations from around the world alongside the Japanese classics.
DO YOU DO A VEGETARIAN BENTO?
Our bentos are full of veggies and can be ordered without the animal protein of the week. Quite often we also have a fresh tofu option for vegetarians - just ask us if it’s available.
WHY DO YOU SOMETIMES RUN OUT OF BENTOS?
Because they’re that good?! Actually, we genuinely hate to disappoint you when you're hungry and we've just run out of bentos but there is a very good reason that quantities are limited to about 40 a day. We care a lot about freshness, quality and creativity and it's not possible to produce huge quantities in our little kitchen without sacrificing these crucial values. So for now quantities will remain limited but we start serving at noon and if you arrive early you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a bento.
DO YOU TAKE RESERVATIONS?
Sorry, we don’t take reservations.
CAN I ORDER A WHOLE CAKE OR PIE?
Yes, you can. Contact us to discuss the details: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU CHANGE?
Our bento menu changes at least once a week and sometimes more often, depending on what’s fresh and in season. The pie of the week also changes weekly (obviously) and we make different cakes and scones every week, though we do our best to keep the popular favorites in frequent rotation. Here's this week's MENU
DO YOU HAVE ANY GLUTEN FREE PASTRIES?
Yes, we generally have one or two gluten free pastries on offer.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR…
We use three main suppliers: Jugetsudo for most of our Japanese green teas, our neighbors and tea experts Le Parti du Thé for infusions and black teas plus a French organic buckwheat producer for soba.
We get super fresh fruit and veg juices straight from the cold presses of our neighbors Nubio on Rue Paul Bert and more classic organic juices and fruit sodas from the family owned Luscombe farm in Devon.
The skilled and always smiling Monsieur Olivier Granier, owner of Boucherie des Artisans on Rue de Montreuil provides us with all our meat which is always Label Rouge and pasture raised.
We work with M. Charraire, a high end grocer that specializes in working with restaurants and can deliver us the freshest items direct from Rungis as well as specialty fruits and veg from a number of French family farms like Nogaret, Baches, etc.