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“You can dine here every week and yet not eat the same food”
Review of Bar Le Passage

Bar Le Passage
Ranked #7,514 of 17,020 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: US$22 - US$45
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Champs-Elysees
Description: Le Bar Le Passage retaurant in Paris just by the Madeleine is sited in a charming covered passage on the first floor, annexed to the celebrated Senderens restaurant. This is Alain Senderens beautiful version of a tapas type bar, with stunning flavours served on tiny plates and accompanied by superb wines. The space is small, too, with golden seating, embroidered walls, and an air of high modern design succeeding admirably. The menu features both tapas, accompanied by Spanish wines, and sushi and sashimi Senderens style to be had with sake. This is the spot for quick bites in a very stylish setting.
Chicago, Illinois
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“You can dine here every week and yet not eat the same food”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Gaining entry into Le Passage is almost like entering a speakeasy- we ring the bell, announce ourselves, and the server buzzed us in. We walk up the stairs and our server is already there ready to greet us.

Alain Senderens, the chef behind Le Passage, is known for infamously giving up his 3-star Michelin restaurant because it was difficult to maintain a 3-starred restaurant while keeping the costs lower so that more people can enjoy the food. After giving up his 3-starred restaurant, he opened his namesake restaurant Alain Senderens- fine dining with more affordable pricing, relatively speaking, since it's still not your everyday meal pricing. Later, Bar Le Passage was born as a casual sister restaurant.

Inside Bar Le Passage, the setting is contemporary and relaxed. A 5-course blind menu is done every night (4 courses are served at lunch) which means that there is no menu for the guests though the server will ask if there are any allergies. The 5-course blind menu comes with an amuse bouche, 2 entrees (or in American terms: appetizer), plat (main), and dessert. The chef and kitchen team prepare each course as a surprise depending on their creativity for the night. The courses change each night and within a night, one table may receive a different entree, main, or dessert from the next table.

Our blind menu starts off with an amuse bouche of thick and creamy green pea puree followed by pork with mushroom foam for the 1st entree and mackerel fish with black mushroom paste for the 2nd entree. The mackerel is delicately grilled and the skin is a perfect crisp. The plat (main) a take on an Asian inspiration with skin-on pork belly and glass noodles, though in their words they call it "Chinese pasta." The preparation is spot-on in leaving the skin on the pork belly, a common method in Chinese braised pork belly. Dessert is a taste of French Napoleon, apple compote, and vanilla ice-cream.

A lovely, lovely meal and at quite a steal at 41€ for a 5-course dinner. We overhear the next table making another dinner reservation for the following week. Why not when every night is a different treat?

Visited September 2013
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English first
Bangkok, Thailand
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good food at good prices”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

We ate in the bar section as that was all that was available. A pleasant ambience, although the room was a tad overheated. The food was very good, but without any "wow" factor. Service was friendly and professional, but they did seem a bit stretched and after waiting a reasonable time to have our wine glasses topped up, we refilled them ourselves. What did make a nice change from many Paris bistro type restaurants is that the tables were well spaced. A pleasant dining experience and certainly worth trying.

  • Visited September 2013
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Toronto
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Not Like Senderens”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

It was disappointing! Having eaten years ago at Senderens, we were looking forward to trying Le Passage, operated by the same owner in the passage next to the restaurant. Le Passage serves up a fixed price tasting menu. As our waiter said, "it is a surprise." In fact, it is so surprising that the waiter himself didn't know what he was serving. Imagine recommending wines to accompany a meal when you are clueless about what is being served up. He suggested a Burgandy. Not a bad choice for a wine that is versatile but it didn't really pair up with the flank steak, which was one of the main courses. But honestly, who goes to a French restaurant with a tasting menu to be served flank steak with veggies (and strawberries with brownies for dessert)? Certainly, not the locals, as there wasn't one to be seen at Bar Le Passage. The waiter, while lacking in knowledge and sophistication, made up with good humour and a desire to please. Paris is flush with good restaurants. Bar Le Passage isn't one of them.

  • Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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172 reviews
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“Beware of your seating....”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I will start by saying the value of the food quality versus value was very good. We had a 4 course meal for 41 euros'. The food was very good. The downside is the chef determines the menu at his whim after your server ask if there is anything you are allergic to or will not eat. It's a risk so keep that in mind. In my opinion the most important lesson we learned was "never" sit anywhere but in the bar itself. Our reservations were botched) even though we made them over e-mail with confirmations). They have a 5 star Michelin restaurant downstairs where they had book us rather than the Bar. This lead to them seating us in a room which reminded me a Conference Room at a Holiday Inn or cafeteria, with no one but our party in it a 8 pm. By 10:30 when we left, 2 other couples had joined the room. The ambience was dreadful. The server's (4 during the course of the evening) were efficient but less than warm and cheerful. Could I recommend? Only if you dine in the Bar itself, otherwise you will clearly be disappointed.

  • Visited September 2013
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Paris, France
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent food, good service, nice price”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Very inventive and nicely presented dishes. Waiters were all uniformly professional and seemed to enjoy working at this place. Not easy to find another place, where one eats such excellent french food for 41 euros per person in Paris.

  • Visited June 2013
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