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Four Bloggers Check Out Au Passage, Paris’ New Foodie Fave

One of the latest hot items in the Paris food and wine world, Au Passage has been garnering more than a bit of blogger buzz lately. It also just snagged the 2012 Prix Fooding d’amour, confirming its status as Paris’ newest foodie darling.  In the evenings, this low-key wine bar and tapas joint is jam packed with patrons partaking in small plates of munchies, various wines by the bottle and a bit of respectably rowdy foodie fun. Things take a different turn at noon with the (thankfully) limited lunch menu: one entrée, two choices of mains, one cheese, one dessert.  With kitchen talent coming from Spring and Le Verre Volé and carefully selected market-fresh fare, this spot is turning out some seriously savory meals.  I stopped in recently with three other food and drink-minded bloggers  ( Kasia/Love in the City of Lights, Caroline/Sweet Caroline in Paris and Erica/HiP Paris) to see how the lunch stacks up to the hype.

Mid-day ambiance:

Kasia: The decor takes simplicity and minimalism to a new level of chic.

Erica: This is my kind of place. Laid back and casual. Wood, red paint, bistro chairs, parquet floors, hipster servers and chalk board menus. Unpretentious and fun.

Caroline:  I LOVE the old leather chairs, and appreciate the great mix of comfy seating, proper tables, and bar stools.

Forest: At lunchtime, it’s filled to (and sometimes beyond) capacity with local business owners and loyal fans trekking from across town to check out the latest lunch menu in a laid-back, bric-a-brac ambiance.

Lunch Menu:

Kasia: Presentation is creative and refined; flavors are fresh and plentiful. Wines to compliment.

Erica: Short, sweet, and to the point. Fresh, pretty, and tasty. The sheer opposite of standard American menus with endless possibilities.

Caroline: Yum! Light, fresh, market-friendly, sustainable, seasonal choices. All of my favorite words. And, well, the wine…

Forest:  Seafood is always perfectly cooked, and the staff is not afraid to forgo easy wine pairing options to offer interesting and appropriate suggestions.

Quality/Price ratio

Kasia:  Utmost quality for the lunch prix fixe.

Erica: From 9€50 – 19€. From just a main to a four course meal. A deal in my book, and a delicious one at that.

Caroline: Here’s the kicker–the lunch deal is an amazing value. Go for lunch. Just do it. Now.

Forest: Best lunch deal in town, hands down.

Neighborhood:

Kasia: Discreetly hidden down an alleyway in the 11th, a destination in itself.

Erica: Funky, hip and off the beaten track, but not too far off. Just close enough to the Merci store for a quick pop-in after a meal and a stroll on to the Marais from there.

Caroline: Ok, I may be biased, but this is one of my favorite ‘hoods in Paris these days (no, I don’t live there). Convenient from Republique & Bastille, but still on a quiet passage. What more could you ask for?

Forest: With neighbors like Grazie, Candelaria and l’Entree des Artistes, the area is fast becoming a foodie favorite while still retaining its own sketchily quirky feel.

 

Desert: Chocolate ganache with figs and hazlenuts

Au Passage
1bis passage Saint Sébastien, 75011
+33 (0)1.43.55.07.52
Métro: Saint-Sébastien – Froissart
Open: Mon 11am – 1am, Tue – Fri 11am – 2pm, Sat 6pm-2am

A peek at the dinner menu

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Compiled by Forest Collins for the HiP Paris blog. All photos Erica BermanLooking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Forest Collins

Forest CollinsForest Collins chronicles her search for the finest cocktails in Paris on her blog, 52 Martinis. Every Wednesday, she tries a new place. She starts with a martini for a standard of comparison and then usually orders a second. Got a bar you think makes great drinks? Let her know, she'd love to try it!

Website: 52 Martinis

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