I’ve visited Petit Robert years ago in the Kenmore location but this was my first trip to the Brighton Bistro, which was recently changed from Jacky’s Table (same owner/chef Jacky Robert). Other Petit Robert’s can be found on Columbus Ave in Boston, in Cambridge’s Central Square, and Needham.
Bread: Three large pieces were served in a basket with a round of butter. Crispy on the outside and surprisingly warm on the inside which I always prefer.
Menu: Soups & Salad, Hors D’oeuvres, Entrees, and Side Dishes. I had a hard time deciding on an entrée – a lot of items looked good but nothing was screaming my name. Rebecca & I eventually, after MUCH deliberation, decided on a soup each and an app and entrée to split.
Carrot & Parsnip Soup: peas, carrots, potato
The waiter did mention that it was cream based but I was still expecting a pureed soup, which this was not. It was served extremely hot (maybe too hot) and wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t my favorite.
Tuna Tartar Tartines and Frisée Salad
The tuna tartar was prepared on 3 slices of crostini with a side salad that was essentially inedible, only because I think frisee salad should only be used as a garnish.
Beef Short Rib Bourguignon
This stew entrée was served in a large bowl with ½ of a small potato and greens beans, carrots & onions. Thankfully we were splitting this dish because the portion was more than I expected. The beef was good, tender, fell right apart, but I didn’t love sauce. It wasn’t bad – perhaps beef bourguignon isn’t for me.
Bathroom: The restroom is a one stall/one room adorned with some French pictures/paintings. I was extremely pleased to see that they offered 3 types of scented soaps and lotion – finally a bathroom that has lotion!! That’s all I’ve ever asked for…
Service: Our waiter was a bit shaky and nervous at first. We ordered the carafe of house wine for $16 but he came back to tell us they were out of the house wine, and unfortunately they wouldn’t serve any other wine for that price in a carafe. Hmm, ok. So we each ordered separates reds but come to find out they’re also out of the Merlot that Rebecca ordered. Sheesh! Shouldn’t he have mentioned this before presenting the wine list? Ah well, no harm done. He later mentioned that it was his first night and it definitely showed. He was nice and friendly but just needed to relax a bit and study up on the menu.
Overall: This dining experience wasn’t bad. Each course was good, but didn’t blow me away. The waiter started off rough but for his first night did a pretty good job. There were a few other entrees we were eyeing (Spiced Marinated Pork Chop, Grilled Colorado Lamb Chop, Grilled Skirt Steak Frites), so I would try Petit Robert again but it’s not necessarily on the top of my list.
The Perfect Bite: A piece of the crunchy bread dipped into the carrot & parsnip soup.