OK. I realize that eating Japanese in Burgundy is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, getting good Japanese food in France that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is pretty tough. (And those few establishments require reservations long in advance.) And, besides, I like variety.
Bissoh is tucked away in the St Jacques quarter of Beaune, on the other side of the ring road from the center of town. The Japanese couple that run the place (he is chef in the kitchen and she runs the front of the house) manage to serve wonderful Japanese food with sometimes a touch of Burgundian-ism (like the tuna rossini- with foie gras). Sometimes surprising, always delicious, I have never been disappointed in the food there.
Here is what else I love about Bissoh: the wine list. From Egly-Ouriet, J. Selosses and Beaufort * offerings of bubbles to a very wide range of Burgundies and Loire wines at very reasonable mark ups. The lady owner knows her wine as she originally trained as a sommelier. She and her husband frequently visit cellars and are very much involved in selecting and building on their delicious list.
*I feel that sometimes bubbles are a key to clense a palate after a big day of tasting. Beer and sparkling water don’t cut the mustard.