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“Will Return” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Passage 53

Passage 53
53 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France (Opera / Bourse)
+33 1 42 33 04 35
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Ranked #93 of 13,870 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $134 - $224
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Singapore
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Will Return”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

I was not disappointed and will definitely return. Firstly, this is not a plush restaurant and it's small but I did not find it uncomfortable nor tight. We had a table for three at the back of the restaurant. I also liked that I could wear jeans to dinner. Service is attentive and we welcomed the waiter's explanation on the food and they willingly and capably answered my cousin's questions in english on the ingredients and cooking methodology (my cousin loves to cook). The degustation menu cost EUR120 each. The dishes are generally delicate in taste, which I prefer, and with an emphasis on the fresh ingredients - presumably this is the Japanese influence. Their wine list had a solid selection of Burgundy wines (both white and red) - which goes best with the largely seafood based courses. We splurged on a 1994 Dujac Clos de la Roche. The only disappointment was that the meat dish - which was lamb - was a bit salty and seemed to not mesh as well taste-wise as the other courses. (So maybe a 4.5 ranking is deserved). Dessert was good. Overall, the size of the courses was fine - I was full but did not feel like I needed to lie down after the meal.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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ISRAEL
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Passage 99”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We came to dinner, the deal was 9 courses for 99 euros. The chef decide what you eat & the waiters have an habit to lecture about every dish. he food quality was uneven level though al courses looked amazing beautiful. This place is aiming for stars. personally i prefer places that aims there clients to be happy.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

This restaurant had 2 Michelin stars in 2011, I will be surprised if this restaurant will keep these 2 stars. The negative points: We were there for lunch and we did not know we had the choise for 2 menus. We were immediately directed to the "menu gastronomique" and the lunch menu was not suggested. We discovered that when we left the restaurant and read it on the door. They were also quite pushy for their truffels, they smelt better than they tasted. Another astonishing negative point for a 2 star restaurant is that you have to keep the knife for the coming dishes. The guest has one knife for the fish dishes and one knife for the meat dishes???? This is more for very simple restaurants and canteens. Of all dishes, never one merited 2 stars. There were no failures, but at the end everybody was disappointed and certainly not the money worth! Almost 200 Euro pp!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We were looking for a quality dining experience and after doing some research really looked forward to our dinner at Passage 53. We were offered the option of having truffles added to the meal at the aded cost of 40 euros each. We happily agreed as we haven't had this opportunity before. However disappointment followed when a number of dishes were presented completely covered with slices of truffle but with little flavor. I had imagined that the flavour of truffle is very strong and yet we couldn't detect any real added flavour.
Some of the dishes were really lovely - the soup with the little tortellino, the oyster with mousse and caviar, and the pigeon.
Unfortunately the dessert selection was really spoilt by the addition of the truffle covered icecream and then the final taste which was the chocolate slice which was unbelievably bitter.
The ambiance was not very comfortable and at a total cost of nearly 500 euros for two people we were expecting a lot more.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“just excellent....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

I had hear my best meal so far in Paris, really good sophisticated but honest food, very nice bourgogne wines and the service was really very great!

only negative is that the restaurant is small so you have to book in advance if you want to get in.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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