We had dinner at Petite Maison this past weekend. I wasn’t disappointed, but there was a part of me hoping for some top-notch French cuisine at a reasonable price. Prices are reasonable and the food is, well, reasonably good.
We started with some tasty champagne by the glass (Henri Savard Blanc de Blanc – France) $8 which paired nicely with a sea scallop dish, Coquille St. Jaques as well as the hot gruyere gougeres brought as an amuse bouche. The sea scallops were sliced thin and swimming in béchamel sauce which tasted heavily of clam (prepared with clam juice rather than another kind of seafood stock?). The gratin topping and mushrooms were tasty, but I didn’t get a lot of scallop flavor from this dish, so it wasn’t excellent, just OK.
My wife had Coq au Vin ($19) which was done well and I had the duck breast with chanterelle and ham risotto with a tarragon jus. The duck breast ($20) was seasoned and cooked properly but it was very mild so I’m wondering if it was Pekin duck and not Muscovy or Moulard, which I would have preferred. The risotto was cooked past al dente, so it was a bit soft for my taste. I love chanterelles, but there weren’t that many in the risotto, so its flavor did not come through. Nor was there any discernible tarragon flavor in the jus. The dish has potential, but the execution (and possibly the ingredients?) left something to be desired. We paired our dishes with Cotes Du Rhone- Delas-Cotes Du Rhone $9 and Bordeaux – L’Abbaya De Saint Ferme $10 respectively. I typically find French reds too earthy and musty for my taste, but both of these, particularly the Bordeaux, were tasty and paired well with the food.
The best dish of the night was definitely the Vanilla Souffle with Orange Anglaise. This was a perfect size dessert soufflé, with a caramelized crust and a moist, airy center, cooked perfectly. The sauce was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The atmosphere is quaint, cozy and charming with all the wood paneling inside and the patio tables outside. Service was competent and pleasant. All in all, it’s fair value for pleasing food that I did not find to be exceptional.
7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251