Au Passage

At this point, I am not sure I can count how many times I have been to Au Passage. These types of cafes do not exist anywhere else except Paris.

The owners help pick out the wine and wait on tables; the food is ever-changing and always delicious. The lighting isn’t too dark, and it isn’t too bright either. There is a buzz in the room that feels right.

While we are here, we are not pounding the pavement too hard. The beauty of returning to a city you know so well is that you don’t have to.

There are raw scallops underneath the light potato sauce and small pieces of mandarin orange. I have never had anything quite like that; of course, it melts in your mouth.

Underneath the thin layer of lardo are crispy pieces of cauliflower sitting on top of a celeriac root mash, a light green sauce, and a few chopped macadamia nuts. Another wow, and who came up with this brilliant dish?

These are just a few of the highlights. They have done a lamb butt with mint sauce on the side that has mysteriously dipped from the menu. After Covid, they re-opened with smaller tables, so they pulled the lamb. Honestly, I could devour it with another person. The good news is they are probably going to bring it back. I promise to return next time we are in Paris to ensure they are good to their word!