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Good dinner at Petit Robert

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Good dinner at Petit Robert

rxrfrx | Nov 7, 2005 08:39 AM

Went right at the time of my reservation and got a parking spot right outside, and got seated immediately. Service was prompt and totally competent, except for the waitress saying something like "you guys did a good job!" when clearing our entree plates.

* Foie gras with apples: Nice crust on the foie. The skin was left on the apples, which I wouldn't have done, but it wasn't too tough. The pairing of apple and liver was great. The cinnamon sauce didn't really taste much of anything, but looked nice and kept everything shiny and moist. This was a great pairing with the glass of 2003 Trimbach pinot gris I had with the meal.

* Escargots: Seven little wells full of persillade butter, each with a little (shelled) snail in it. Tasty and well-prepared, but it had virtually no salt. I gave my second bite a huge shake of salt and improved the flavor significantly.

* Scallops entree: 7 or 8 half-scallops in a single half-shell. The sweetness of the scallops matched well with the sweetness of the sauce. A little potato piped around the edge of the shell.

* Rabbit leg, mustard crust, with ginger sausage: The rabbit and accompanying mushroom-cream sauce were fantastic. The leg had the perfect mix of meaty chewiness and juicy, savory flavor. The sausage did have a nice, subtle ginger flavor, but I found it a bit too tough. A pile of creamy potatoes was pleasant.

I'll mention here that the identical veg garnish on both entrees, mentioned in more than one newspaper review, was really frustrating to me. It consisted of undercooked carrot and onion (though the onion was probably soaked to remove some harsh flavor) and some undercooked haricots. There was a sort of unpleasant herb flavor on the vegetables but it wasn't really going anywhere. What are they thinking? It would be bad enough to have this imperfect mix of vegetables with one dish... but to put it on almost anything... if they're gonna do that, they should at least cook the things properly and use more butter to smooth out the flavor, or something. I like crunchy green beans, so I ate those, but couldn't bear to finish the carrots and onions.

Desserts:

* Frangipane crepes: The crepes themselves were delicious and had a great caramelized-sugar topping, but the filling left me a little disappointed. I was hoping for more of a custardy filling, but the crepes contained something the consistency of melted butter, which just ran all over the plate when I cut into them.

* Ile Flottante: I think this is the best restaurant dessert I've ever tasted. A disk of soft meringue (fluffy and marshmallowy, not baked) that looks and tastes quite a bit like a Krispy Kreme is covered in a great caramel sauce and floated on a significant quantity of thin, delicious custard. Intense. I'd recommend two people split this one.

With two glasses of the pinot (the most expensive glass on the menu at $11.50) the whole thing came to $100 before tip... not bad. A very good experience overall.

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