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Tag: bistro

Le Petite Paris

French bistro near Prospect Park

What We Had

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I had the braised lamb shank in tomato broth with julienne vegetables – the shank was falling apart tender and the veg was ok. Chunked instead of julienne, and underdone and sickly potatoes. Nice hearty broth.

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My DH had the steak frites – hangar steak with fries and salad – pretty good steak with gremolata; pretty good thin fries. Standard mustard vinaigrette on the mescalun mix salad.

Decor

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Lots of red leather, dark wood, marble and small lights, with French music over the sound system.

Service

Meh. We were one of two tables the night we visited, and the servers were deep in conversation at the bar.

Overall Impressions

Maybe a little better than expected. I’m always highly skeptical about the quality of French restaurants, especially bistros, because I’ve eaten at so many terrible ones. This wasn’t terrible.

Rating

3.25 out of 5 – a compromise. The proteins were good, but those potatoes; please pack your knives and go.

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Watty & Meg

American pub-style food in Cobble Hill.

What We Had

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Cheeseburger Wontons with Truffled Ketchup – The cheeseburger filling was good, but that truffle ketchup is where it’s at. That stuff is amazeballs.

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I had the Free Range Chicken with Wild Rice Falls Mill Grits, Mustard Greens with Lemon & Honeycomb Lacquer – This dish sounds fabulous. It was decent. The chicken was nicely seasoned & cooked; and the veg was cooked well, though the lemon and honey weren’t present. I don’t remember liking or hating the “grits”.

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My DH had the 11 oz. New York Strip with Chimichurri, Mashed Potato & Crispy Onion Ring Frizzle – The steak tasted meh and was so pale as to be borderline offensive. Ok, it was pretty offensive. This dish was satisfactory at best – the meat tasted like it wasn’t prime, instead tasting like choice. A weird complaint, but a suspicion my DH couldn’t shake.

Great attention was however, paid to the sides – the potatoes were stellar and the frizzled onions were as good as it gets.

D├ęcor

Blacks & creams open to the outside.

Service

Service was slack, but it wasn’t clear if they were just understaffed.

Overall Impressions

If we ever make it back, we would be interested in trying more sides (especially the Mac & cheese). The app was also good, so more of those would be in order.

Overpriced – appetizer was priced way over what it should be, that was not a $28 steak, and the chicken was on the pricey side but it was at least cooked properly and seasoned well.

Rating

3 out of 5. Decent, but we will forget we were ever here as soon as we leave, and if we end up here again, it will be for a side and a condiment.