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petit robert-review

jonathan | Jan 13, 2006 11:18 AM

went to petit robert last night at the suggestion of many 'hounds. we were expecting to wait, and to have great, authentic food. unfortunately, we had no wait (and were strongly encouraged by the staff to order) and the food was quite mediocre (with maybe an exception here and there). we ordered oysters, pate, steak tartare. shared the venison bourguignon with frites and the chocolate gateau. two out of the four oysters were briny, tart, and excellent. the second two were nothing special. the pates (explained as one chicken liver, two pork liver- one country style, the other she could not recall the name). chicken liver was fine. typical and bland. pork were no better. i would pass on these next time. the steak tartare was strange. i generally expect my tartare to be pink have some, texture to it, but this was brown, and pasty. there was no meat flavor, the balsamic reduction that dressed the greens was overwhelming. next came the main course. i was actually very surprised as how bitter and under salted this dish was. also, the bowl was very messy. a ladle full of braised venison with a side of some sort of veg plopped ontop. the bowl had spatterings of the food on its sides. just poor presentation. the meat had a great consistency, which goes part and parcel with anything braised, but the sauce was very bitter (and not the gamy bitter one expects with venison) i actually only had one bit of this dish. the frites were great. dessert came a good 5 minutes before our coffee. it felt as though they just have racks and racks of the gateau already prepared to go; you order, 10 seconds later the dessert arrives. should have brought the coffee first. the gateau was okay. i found the candied orange rind to be very tasty and the plate was well executed. but definitely not the best chocolate cake in town. overall, i doubt i would return to petit robert. i am disappointed because i had such high hopes for the restaurant. tell me if this was just an off night and maybe i will give it another try.

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