Address: Passage 53 (53 Passage des Panoramas 75002 Paris – 01 42 33 04 35)
Chef: Shinichi Sato (former of l’Astrance (Pascal Barbot) and Aida)
Have I been there before? No
Ambience: nonexistent. Because the restaurant is so small and has a huge window to the Passage des Panoramas (it used to be a philatelic shop), makes you feel as if you are eating, well,.. in a philatelic shop.
Food:French cooking seen through Japanese eyes.
Even for lunch, Passage 53 serves “surprise” menu, so no à la carte.
Veal tartare with chopped apple, fennel and oysters. Now, when I read where Shinichi Sato used to work, I remember where I ate this dish before.
Any flaws? Everything was very good, but I wish there were à la carte menu at least for lunch, as it just takes too much time to go through all these small plates. Also, I think the location is very depressive and doesn’t fit the fine cooking by Shinichi Sato.
Will I return? Maybe (Yes- because of the food, no- because of the location)