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japanophile’s pleasure

JAPAN and its sensual, perfectionist aesthetic has always been in my heart (perhaps even my DNA?). Over the years many Japanese places have opened up around Athens, but the one I’m staunchly loyal to is Furin Kazan on Appollonos St just a few minutes walk from Syntagma Sq. I became a big fan since the late ’90s when I worked nearby and regularly ordered take-out (usually it was Yakisoba and half a portion of maki, no sake!) as its food gave my working day a sense of joy. After visiting Japan for a month and sampling tongue-tantalising delights, only to return feeling I would never have that authentic experience again, I eventually (maybe six days after returning) shrugged my shoulders in surrender and went to Furin Kazan in the desperate search of similar tastes. Yet upon ordering several dishes that I had relished in various Japanese cities during my trip what was earlier a cheeky fancy for accessible Asian food turned into committed love, as I realised that this place really served food that offered the delicate flavour and authenticity I …