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Paris: Au Passage

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I like food, no I love food. I can eat all day long and there’s always some space for more. So when we were in Paris I actually didn’t have any shopping plans, but was longing for oysters, steak tartare and nice glasses of wine.

And we sure found all of these in Paris’ best kept secret: Au Passage. Au Passage is a typical petite restaurant hidden in a side street of the 3rd arrondissement. It is so hidden, that I actually don’t think you’d ever bump into it without actually looking for it. But it is sure worth searching for!

The boyfriend and I had our best meal ever here (honestly, I dream about this place, it was THAT nice)! They serve small plates to share, which means that you can try a lot of different dishes (and I LOVE this! The more the merrier..) and they serve amazing wine without trying to sell the most expensive bottle. Our waiter actually advised the cheapest bottle of white wine because he fell in love with it and so did we. In general, the staff extremely cool and helpful and everybody spoke well English. But best of all: the restaurant is really really affordable. We ordered 2 glasses of champagne, a bottle of wine, 2 dessert wines, 2 more drinks (yes, we might be alcoholics) and 7 small dishes and we only paid 100 euro (which is really really cheap compared to Danish standards).

In the youtube clip you can see what we ate, they have a lot of seafood (love it!) and while the chef is from New Zealand the food is prepared in a traditional French style. How I miss Paris…

If you’re planning to go to Paris, you definitely have to book a table at Au Passage! Forgot to book a table? After 21.30 they often have some tables free again.

Au Passage
1b Passage Saint-Sébastien
+33 1 43 55 07 52

With love,
-Janet

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Pastis – Oude Molstraat 57 (the Hague)

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First of all, sorry for the crappy quality of the pictures (blame it on the red wine). I only realized, when I checked the pictures at home, how unclear and dark they are (and I’m to lazy to edit them). But anyways, I still want to share them with you!

Whenever I’m back in the Netherlands, I tend to go to the same restaurants over and over again. While here in Copenhagen, as a “newbie” in town, I make a real effort of finding cute and cosy restaurants. So during the Easter holiday I was really determined to find something cute in the Hague too!

And boy did I succeed! Pastis is a cute French dinner, in the same street as ‘t Hof van Eten (told you that the Hofkwartier district was awesome!). Initially I couldn’t find the place and walked passed it, thinking “hmm, here I have to go a next time” to find out that it was actually the place I made a reservation for!

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Everything in the restaurant, from menu till interior is Paris based and it definitely feels like a holiday within a holiday! The boyfriend ordered a Steak frites sauce Béarnaise ou beurre maître d’hôtel and it was like how the French meant it to be! Juicy with a no-nonsense attitude.

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I ordered a steak tartare «spécialité maison» frites et salade verte and what is better than a piece of steak? Raw pieces of steak! Everything came already seasoned, but for the spice lovers it came with some tabasco and worcestershire sauce. The fries and mayo are also TO DIE FOR.

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I’m always a bit afraid when you order a bottle of wine, without looking at the wine card. Not because I have such a great knowledge about wine (I’m pretty much a “I like it/I don’t like it” kind of girl), but more because you don’t wanna end up spending 50% of the final bill on the wine. Luckily most bottles at Pastis cost around 20-30 euro and they are pretty decent too!

This is definitely my favorite restaurant in the Hague and I can’t wait to try out their mussels too!

With love,
-Janet

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