Good sushi is pretty hard to come by in France. Although it might consider itself the gastronomic capital of the world, France is pretty lacking in the Japanese food area. Sushi restaurants here tend to serve the basic futo maki, California roll and tuna and salmon nigri -- you can forget about rainbow and dragon rolls, they don't even have spicy tuna!
I love sushi. I love most Japanese food (udon noodles, shabu-shabu, yakatori) but nothing gets me like the combination of raw, fatty fish that melts in your mouth, mixed with spicy horseradish and the sweet-sour vinegar sushi rice. I still remember the my first sushi experience. For my dad's birthday we took him to the newest thing in suburban Beaverton, OR -- Marine Polis Sushiland, imported directy from Japan. My sister and I squealed with disgust and pointed at the slimy looking fish as it trudged along the conveyor belt (yes, on a conveyor belt!) on its little color-coded plates. That night I tried BBQ eel for the first time (still my favorite), California rolls, salmon roe, among others. Now, I can't get enough.
After several unsuccessful attempts at finding a good sushi place in Paris, Mr. Ribbit and I resigned ourselves to the future -- we'd just have to learn to make our own. Armed with the proper utensils (flat wooden spoon, large bamboo bowl for cooling rice, and the ever-important sushi mat), ingredients (sushi rice, nori, rice vinegar, wasabi, soy sauce, kombu for flavoring the sushi rice, and fish of course), we were on our way. Oh, and this book helped a ton.
And when we're not in the mood to do the dishes, we go to Ploum, 20 rue Alibert; Paris 75010.