Passerelle Bistro

Passerelle Bistro: Where European Sophistication Meets Southern Beauty

One late summer evening, I found myself walking down Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina, in search of a place to eat and retain memories of my first restaurant visit in this charming city. Along the Main Street corridor is a cluster of contemporary restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. My heart was set on paying homage to some of the much celebrated southern comfort foods; grits, corn bread, green beans and so forth; However, as I passed the many restaurants my attention was captivated by a boarded sign of a French restaurant called Passerelle Bistro. I followed the sign, walking over a bridge and making my way down the steps. At the foot of the steps was the outdoor sitting area of Passerelle which overlooks the historic Falls Park.

I was mesmerized by the surrounding beautiful; the dense greenery of the park and the warm lighting of the outdoor sitting area. I saw families heading down to the park with garden chairs and mats. It seemed like there was an outdoor performance of a screening going on. I was quickly seated and a pleasant man was prompt to attend to me.

I perused the dinner menu and wine list; the delicious choices of vegetables, meats, fish and seafood made it a little challenging for me to make up my mind, and then I was ready to order.

For starters I was drawn to the Escargot. Since my first introduction to snails at a Nigerian party many years ago, where I immediately fell in love with them, I always look forward to their rubbery texture and earthy and savory flavors. The escargot at Passerelle was sautéed in a garlic butter and finished off with a white wine and cream. I must say I enjoyed their escargot but I was not very pleased. I felt like its earthy flavors were masked by the heavy cream.

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For the main menu, I settled for the Seasonal Cassoulet; a blend which included duck sausage and bacon with vegetables including pepper, tomatoes and kale. I am always very big of food presentation and unfortunately the Cassoulet was not thrilling in that department. It looked like a mixture of sliced meats with vegetables piled on top. However, I must admit the different combination of meats and vegetables made it a tasty, enriching and fulfilling meal. Plus, the portion size was generous enough for me to carry some home to eat later.

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Passerelle has an extensive wine selection. I paired the whole meal with a 2012 Chateau Gabaron from Bordeaux which is made from the Carbanet Sauvignon grape. This wine was a hit. I loved its rich and deep fruity flavors which certainly enhanced the dark meat flavors in the Cassoulet.

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Overall, the meal combined with the excellent customer service and the warm ambiance of the outside sitting area overlooking the Falls Park made my dinner experience at Passerelle worthwhile. I certainly recommend it as a must visit for anyone paying a visit to the city of Greenville, South Carolina.

 

 

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