We finally got over to LE PETIT MARCHE this weekend. We were planning on NOODLE PUDDING, but the wait was more than 30 minutes, so we walked down the street.
The welcome was very gracious and friendly, and set a really nice tone for the evening. The restaurant itself is warm, attractive, and inviting. A beautiful bar, rustic chandeliers,and an antique pressed tin ceiling make for a charming setting.
The crisp sourdough baguette could have used a warming in the oven, but it was tasty, served with a nice garlic spread.
The waitress asked us about water, and I asked what kind they had. Good thing I asked. A 1L bottle of fizzy was $7.00! We passed. A nice Cote du Rhone was fairly priced.
Our appetizer salads were fresh, and nicely presented. Greens with beets and brulee goat cheese ( glazed with a caramelized sugar crust like a creme brulee) and Salade Lyonnaise, with potatoes, green beans, and bacon in a very mustardy vinaigrette. Both were delicious and generous.
Main dishes were well prepared, very generousportions, and apart from being a little oversalted,they were very tasty. We had the Steak Frites, perfectly cooked to medium with frites that were excellent. Our other dish was the Pan Roasted Chicken served with wild mushrooms, and Cauliflower Gratin.
For dessert, we shared the outstanding Tarte Tatin, served with a homemade Cinnamon Gelato. One of the best Tarte Tatin I have had in the States. Generous portion enough for 2.
Excellent espresso ended the meal.
I found LE PETIT MARCHE to be a delightful addition to the neighborhood, which is sorely lacking in good restaurants, and French restaurants in particular. Good, solid, bourgeois cuisine, well prepared and nicely presented at fair prices makes for a happy dining experience. One that will be repeated very soon.
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