Korean Flavours in Paris at Mojju

 

Known for his innovative take on gastronomy and convivial flavours, Thibault Sombardier transports diners to South Korea with his latest venture, Mojju. This restaurant combines Korean cuisine with the flair of a French palate.

Having already made a name for himself with his popular Parisian jaunts Mensae and Sellae, Thibaut’s new dining experience is centrally located in the 7th district and fuses Korean barbecue with the elegance of a modern-day Parisian bistro.

Mojju was a concept born following a trip in which Thibaut discovered the unique world of Korean culture and food as he explored South Korea.

Food has always been deeply rooted in the origins of Korean tradition. Through his new concept, Thibaut aims to evoke parallel contrasts between the Eastern and Western worlds. With his signature style of fusing different flavours, he has created a restaurant that does just that.

Mojju is more than a dining hotspot; it’s an immersive journey through Korean living, and this sensorial ambience has been captured through the décor under the direction of Dorenavant Studio. A warm, inviting space, unpretentious yet sleek and sophisticated, sets the tone. Splashes of soft green adorn the walls, and Asian artworks elevate the space.

As you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted by the softly lit bar, which acts as a focal point to the main dining space. There is a welcome feeling of cosiness, a calming atmosphere, and one that complements the food on offer.

Borrowing its name from Moju, a drink originating from Jeonju that is a healthier take on an alcoholic drink, the cuisine pays homage to Korean flavours. Chef Hosub Im is at the helm of the menu, using local produce, meat, and fish.

Bringing Thibaut’s vision of Korean-French fusion, Hosub has devised a menu that champions Korean barbecue while reworking it to suit French tastes. Deliciously prepared meats are a highlight of the menu. Wagyu is cooked on a charcoal grill, and sirloin sourced from Normandy is served with a Korean sauce to enhance its flavour and showcase a new way of cooking it.

The hero dish, Ssam, is a Korean favourite that consists of wrapping meat (or fish) in lettuce and seasoning it with ssamjang sauce. It is the restaurant’s signature and a key dish on the tasting menu.

An invitation to a journey of Korean bistronomy in the familiar surroundings of a Parisian restaurant – Mojju is a unique experience you won’t forget.

www.mojju-restaurant.com

Text by Jaz Grewal