i

ira.seligman's Profile

Title Last Reply

Passage 53 report

During my brief 3 day visit to Paris, I have to say that my girlfriend and I experienced some truly amazing meals which ran the gamut in terms of setting.

Passage 53 on our first night was a truly special meal. Before getting to the food, I must first comment on the ambiance: it is a tiny room, but very nice. Did have an exclusive feel to it. Also, the vast majority of my fellow diners were foreigners, which may have to do with the time of year we were there (just before New Years).

On to the food. As many of you know, it is a chef's surprise menu and costs 95 euros. Guillaume, the maitre'd, was kind enough to recommend a terrific and inexpensive (if you can call a 40 euro bottle of wine that) bottle of white Burgundy which matched very well with our meal. I'll just highlight some of my favorite courses so as to keep the recap brief.

"White course" - cauliflower cream, grilled calimari, shaved cauliflower - this was a truly beautiful dish both in terms of taste and presentation. I am a cauliflower nut, so this definitely was a bright spot for me.

Amouse bouche of onion - served right before the "meat" portion of the menu, this is one of the most ingenious dishes i have ever eaten. The chef placed slivers of chorizo in between the layers of the onion before it was cooked. Simple and delicious, with a touch of brilliance.

Foie Gras - in warm clementine "broth" - the foie melted wonderfully in the mouth, and the clementine brother was the perfect tangy compliment to the rich foie gras.

Dessert - I am a dessert person, and I have to say that I would go back to Passage 53 for the dessert alone. Dessert is really a collection of about 6 smaller desserts, eaten in a progression. Though they were all fantastic in my opinion there were two highlights. First was a duo of chestnut and banana - one a sauteed banana wrapped in chestnut cream and the other banana gelato on top of a chestnut cake.Next was the "chocolate pie", which was quite possibly the most incredible dessert I have ever had in my life. It was one of the few pieces of food that have really blown me away. I know this sounds absurd, but it was kind of an emotional experience. I guess great chocolate can do that to you.

As for the service, I must say that it was superb. Incredibly attentive and cordial without being overbearing. A truly amazing experience - I can't wait to come back to Paris and visit Passage 53 again. Highly recommended.

Jan 17, 2011
ira.seligman in France

Christmas Week Closures in Paris

I was able to make a reservation at Passage 53 on the 29th. You can read about it on this board, but I think it is the sort of place that is in line with what you are looking for. Good luck!

Nov 18, 2010
ira.seligman in France

Onion Soup in Paris

Hahaha touche. No we will be in a hotel, but we will of course be exploring the city and don't mind venturing for some memorable onion soup on a cold day.

Nov 15, 2010
ira.seligman in France

Onion Soup in Paris

As I am going to be in Paris in late December, I imagine I will be in need of a good bowl of onion soup. Can anyone recommend any restaurants that serve some memorable versions? My girlfriend and I will be staying in the 5th. Thanks!

Nov 15, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

I was able to secure a reservation at Passage 53 on the 29th of December - really looking forward to it and will report back. They spoke perfect English which was a great relief. I also made a reservation for the club menu lunch at Michel Rostang, which I have heard great things about.

Nov 05, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

Do you have any idea if the staff at those places speak english?

Nov 02, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

In the end I was able to convince my girlfriend to skip the NYE dinner. Instead we will be doing the club menu lunch at Michel Rostang on the 30th of December. Also, because I now only have one night out to have dinner out in Paris, I am deciding between Frenchy, L'Argume, and Passage 53. Any tips on which I should pick? Thanks.

Nov 01, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

I appreciate the advice. I know that going out for dinner on NYE is not ideal, but my girlfriend and I are only going to be in Paris for 3 days (it is part of a larger trip). I have also looked into a restaurant called Au Bon Coin, a little restaurant in the 5th on Rue de la Collégiale. Does anyone have any feedback on that place? Thanks

Oct 21, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

I just want to say that I came to this board for genuine advice. As I mentioned, my girlfriend and I would like to have a nice dinner out for NYE. I was hoping someone could provide a recommendation for a restaurant that would provide quality food in a relaxed atmosphere at a price that wasn't exorbitant. I discovered on other threads, and now "agonizingly" on this one, that this is not what locals do. I'm sorry my plans do not conform with those of Parisian locals. All I was hoping for was some assistance with my plans as I generally respect the opinions of those on this board.

Oct 20, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

I wish this was an option. It will be my girlfriend's first trip to Paris and she would like to go out. I can't say I really blame her. We are not locals and trips to Paris (especially on New Years) may be few and far between...

Oct 20, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

I spoke to the manager(?), and he said dinner would be 200 euros per person with wine and champagne. This is a little out of my price range, I think. Has anyone confirmed whether Frenchy, Passage 53, or L'Agrume are doing NYE? Unfortunately, CAJ will be closed from the 23rd of Dec until the 4th of January. I also appreciate any other suggestions. Thanks!

Oct 19, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

Thanks. I will be sure to look into it.

Oct 15, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

Also, I would add that we would prefer french cuisine, but it does not necessarily have to be traditional. Thanks.

Oct 13, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

Of course you're right. I'm sorry. Going over the previous posts, it seems that many of the restaurants do a whole night affair. I guess I am looking for a nicer place that would allow my girlfriend and I the chance to head out onto the streets to see the Eiffel Tower at midnight. I don't mind spending around 150 euros per person. But then again, I'm not quite sure how much a typical NYE meal costs. Essentially, I'm looking for a place with very good food, but one that might take a slightly more relaxed approached to New Years eve. Thanks

Oct 13, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

I probably should follow up. From what I've gathered from other posts, dining on NYE in Paris can be an ordeal. That being said, if possible I would still appreciate advice on a place that could still offer a special dining experience that evening. I wouldn't mind dining slightly on the earlier side, like around 7:30 or so. Thanks again.

Oct 13, 2010
ira.seligman in France

New Years Eve in Paris

Hello all,

I will be in Paris with my girlfriend for New Years Eve. If you could please share your recommendations for a nice (but not overly expensive) choice for that evening I would greatly appreciate it. We will be staying in the Latin Quarter if that is any help. Thanks again

- Ira

Oct 13, 2010
ira.seligman in France