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Au Passage

Small plates range from the standard charcuterie and now-obligatory burrata to more light and creative fare, based on great products from the likes of Terroirs d’Avenir and Joël Thiébault. The vibe is relaxed, the prices are right, and the wines are natural. Note: James Henry, the chef mentioned in most of these reviews, has left and is now at Bones.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 1 bis passage de Saint-Sebastien, 75011
Nearest transport: Saint-Sebastien Froissart (8)
Hours: Dinner only, Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 55 07 52
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

Ruth Reichl (2014) “Casual, comfortable, raucous and delicious, this little wine bar/bistro is the perfect place to fall into when you’re hungry but not in the mood for an enormous, expensive deal.”

Reviews citing James Henry as chef:

Emmanuel Rubin (2011) “Décor de zinc popu à classer d’urgence et petits plats goûtus, boutiqués avec énergie sous couvert de désinvolture.”

Wine Terroirs (2011) “All the wines here are chosen with care…The bottle wine-list is quite good for a restaurant of this size…”

Pierrick Jégu (2011) “…spécimen de bistrot local qui popote avec malice…Une bonne surprise derrière des airs de nonchalance.”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “A perfect example of one of the most welcome recent trends in Paris–relaxed and affordable wine bars serving interesting small plates and ‘natural’ or organic wines.”

Meg Zimbeck (2011) “…most of the small plates could have easily been starters at Spring – they featured pristine produce…and were bright with both color and acid. Flavor pairings were unexpected and, for the most part, successful… Prices are low, there enough tables and turnover to make booking a real possibility, and the menu changes every day. All this will probably add up to a habit.”

10 thoughts on “Au Passage”

  1. Anybody been to this restaurant since the chef James Henry left? How’s it holding up? Thanks!

  2. Love the hidden location and the bric-a-brac, laid back decor. The fresh produce makes a difference in the food and we’re enjoying this new wave of tapas style dining in Paris. If push came to shove though, we would stick with Aux Deux Amis!

  3. Ate here last week for dinner, on a Monday night.
    It was so fantastic! it was just hubby and me, but I think it would be a great casual dinner spot with friends, as it so relaxed and you can then taste everything on the menu!
    We tried the pork rillette, the squid, the brussel sprouts with bacon, a white fish carpaccio and an amazing ganache with strawberries.
    The table over from us was trying the pork served for 4 and it looked just amazing!! Highly recommend it for lunch or a large group of friends. Looks like a run down place, don’t judge it!

  4. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch there today. So simple. So complex. So YUM. We are taking friends there tomorrow for lunch; wish we could try dinner as well.

  5. Fantastic little plates, coupled with a well recommended wine and the lively atmosphere of the place, made for an excellent evening. I think my favourite by far was the encornets, cooked to absolute perfection. And the light summer dessert of figs with ricotta and rasberries was unbelievable. Definitely on my list to go back.

  6. Had lunch at Au Passage last week & put me down as another fan. Bavette served with beautiful and unusual (but seasonal) veggies and the best cheese plate (which included a fab Brillat-Savarin) I’ve had in ages. I get the impression that whoever is heading to market for them is picking out the very best in ingredients.

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