Our friends, over a year ago, tried Petite Restaurant for the first time in their old location. They absolutely loved it they got a gift certificate for me to go try right away, so I booked a table for me and my wife, but unfortunately they had a fire and were forced to close down for around a year. During this year, local food bloggers Calgary Foodies ranted and raved how wonderful this restaurant is, and right after our meal the other night, I tweeted out…”Now I know why.”
The new location is on the corner of 17th Ave and 4th Street SW. The decor inside was not what I had expected. I did expect fancier and more modern, but really, decor shouldn’t represent the quality of the food as in this case the food was far more superior. At first I was unsure of the service but as the night went along, I felt that it was just the waiters style which ended up rubbing off on us well.
Now on to the food. Starters: Three of us, including myself started off with the Escargots and Salt Spring Mussel Fondue (Chablis and local garlic butter, toasted brioche, brussel sprout and bacon sauté), there is an all mussel version if you don’t like escargots. The three of us couldn’t get enough of this dish, so good, so tasty, the sauce was just so so good, ask for some extra bread so you can soak up every drop of that buttery goodness. My wife, for her starter, ordered the Sauteed Scallops (Sauce romaine, potato pave, bacon foam, wild mushrooms), she said they were absolutely delicious and cooked perfect. Another friend ordered the Lobster and Rock Shrimp Ravioli (Citrus and chervil veloute, black truffle and edamame), I was able to try this, it was very good but I love the fondue more.
On to our main dishes: I went out of my normal self and tried the Roasted Elk Striploin (Parsnip purée, braised red cabbage, wild mushrooms, roasted carrots, porcini jus), the waiter recommended it to be cooked rare, which was just perfect. Melt in your mouth, wonderfully delicious, sauce was a great pairing to the meat, yummmm. Fuzzy ordered the AAA Beef Tenderloin (Porchini raviolini, comté potato purée, mustard greens, root vegetable rissole, natural jus), he loved his as well, cooked just perfect and flavours just right. The other three dishes that our table ordered was the Pan Seared Mageret Duck, Roasted Organic Chicken Duo, and Arctic Char everyone loved their dishes and no one was disappointed. I did get a bite of everyone’s dish, which were all good, but I liked my Elk even better.
The finale, Dessert. I went with the White Chocolate Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding, Wow this was the best ending to a great meal. Fuzzy ordered the Vanilla Cheesecake, wow again, I even had a few bites and put it right on par with my bread pudding. They were both outstanding and you can’t go wrong with either one or both if you want.
Overall, Petite Restaurant serves up some great food. We were not disappointed one bit throughout the meal, every bite was a great bite and would not hesitate recommending this place to anyone.
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