Saturday, 15 December 2012

Le Petit Bordelais - A review

Phillippe Pentecote, head chef at Le Petit Bordelais in Paris, worked the floor of the restaurant like the conductor of an orchestra. He glided from table to table, catching up with regulars and welcoming new diners. When he arrived at our table, I was just finishing dessert of Napoleon layer cake. Light, candied orange flavour moose sandwiched between caramelized puff pastry, with raspberry coulis. Phillippe is softly spoken and zeal for cooking exuded from him. 

His restaurant, Le Petit Bordelais offers the ultimate in French fine dining experience. Waiters appear seamlessly from nowhere. The 'Menu Degustation' or taster menu is priced at 73 Euros a head with wine or 56 Euros without. Ideal for those celebrating a special occasion, or those treating their loved ones to romantic opulence in the city of love. The ruby red, luxurious decor certainly fits the bill, as created by Phillippe's friend Christian Cardineau a decorator from Bordeaux. 

Each of the five courses was paired with a different glass of wine, introduced by our waiter with intimacy. The excellence of the wine pairings can certainly be credited to Phillippe's upbringing in the rural vineyards of Saint Emilion. My highlight was scallops served on Burgundy truffle infused risotto, made up using scallop stock (with glass of Viognier D.des Granges des Mirabel Chapoutier, 2009) As the restaurant itself is quite small in size, the locals dining around us softly conversing in French created a wonderful atmosphere. 

The menu itself is based around seasonality and regional inspiration from Bordeaux itself. The cheese course is provided by local cheese connoisseur Quartrehomme fromagerie 
For me, it was the Le Petit Bordelais is epitome of Parisian romance and cuisine. I could not recommend more.

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