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Le Petit Cafe-Santa Monica

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Le Petit Cafe-Santa Monica

DrHowie | Feb 22, 2003 04:38 PM

Had dinner there last night and was pleasantly surprised, nearly overwhelmed. A small place with a front and back room, no bar. At 8:45 it was mostly full (posted closing time was 9:30). Got seated almost right away (we had a reservation). Good bread and the menus were brought quickly. We each started with the lobster bisque which was delicious; creamy but not cloying. I thought it would have benefitted from a splash of sherry. I had the sanddabs sauteed in a lemon-caper sauce with al dente steamed carrots and green beans and pureeed potatoes. They were the best sand dabs I have ever had, I look forward to going back and eating them again. My wife had the seafood salad which consisted of several shrimp, mussels, crab salad stuffed into a tomato half, with field greeens and a vinaigrette. While not exciting she said the fish was good and it was exactly what she wanted. We had a 201 Sancerre which was good in its own right and matched perfectly with the food. We skipped dessert(they brought over a tray with creme de caramel, tiramisu, cheesecake, fruit tart, chocolate nut tart, apple tart and a light and dark mousse.-I had a well-made, well-sized espresso and she a capuccino. Before the tip dinner was about $85 (35 of which was the wine). At tables near us we saw people enjoying duck, beef and salmon. There is a small regular menu with most of the nights entrees listed on a blackboard. We both enjoyed dinner and look forward to returning with friends. I forgot to ask about corkage as I would probably bring some of my own wine next time. It is located just east of 26th street on Colorado in Santa Monica; so small as to easily be missed.

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