Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
Hidden in the tiny ruelle named after Saint Sébastien not far off Boulevard Beaumarchais the casual bistro „Au Passage“ is well worth a visit, even if you have a lot of eateries already on your to-do-list. Figaroscope, Le Figaro’s weekly supplement, had it among the 15 „best tables“ of the year 2011, „Le Fooding Guide“ praises it’s overall „feeling“ and awarded it their “prix d’amour” – they’re both right: „Au passage“ is a feel good place serving great food.
The bistro represents what Parisians like to call their „cantine“, a small, well-managed restaurant where you could go and feed yourself everyday, maybe that’s why the menu changes daily. It’s yet another place (there are more and more in Paris) where the chef knows exactly what his clients want – and that’s why you don’t have many choices.
You can swap mains (there are only two), the starter and the dessert are fixed. It’s a way to keep prices low without lowering the quality of ingredients. And if the guys in the kitchen know what they’re doing, it’s a good deal. That’s exactly what you can expect at „Au Passage“. 14 Euros for a full meal, that’s even a great deal nowadays.
To really say what they’re serving you’d have to eat there twice a week. When we had lunch there recently, an excellent herb salad was served followed by a nice piece of onglet, grilled and served with yet another great salad (the alternative to the beef was a chunk of salmon). Food was light, tasty, smart casual in a way, it all made up for a perfect, satisfying lunch. Obviously, they prefer seasonal ingredients at „Au Passage“. And obviously, these guys can cook. Go there. You won’t regret it.Au Passage 1 bis, Passage Saint-Sébastien