I have been wanting to eat at Petit Trois since it opened but did not have (or make) the opportunity to do so until now. One of my dining companions lived many years in France and wanted an authentic bistro experience, having already been blown away by their sister restaurant in Silver City-Trois Familia.
Let me be clear that I really wanted to rate our experience 4.5 stars but this is not an option and we came just a tad short of 5 stars.
We arrived one Saturday afternoon to be seated right away. The start of fresh real French baguette, thin, crispy crust, soft interior with creamy salted butter is harder to find than one might think. Delish.
The French onion soup looked amazing so I started with that. Unfortunately this was a miss. Yes expectations were very high but the broth lacked flavour and depth which was not made up by the beautiful cheese crust nor the onions inside the pot. Better than many I have had but not the best and that was the consensus of the group.
Fortunately everything was up from there. The classic omelet made with Boursin (as Ludo Lefebvre calls it “French velveeta ”) was textbook with a beautiful butter lettuce salad. Someone was hedging there bets for desert!?
Another classic arrived, a gorgeous steak frite, a delight to the eye but even better in the mouth. Perfectly prepared medium rare and smothered in a generous potion of peppercorn cream sauce that had a wonderful peppery flavour without over powering the cream. The potion of sauce allowed for plenty of extra to dip the beautiful thin hot frites in the excess. Really one of the best I have tasted.
I believe the piece-de-resistance was the steak tartare. Perfectly prepared, finely chopped and seasoned (loved the briny capers), the generous mound was covered in a layer of crispy fried shallots that not only complemented the flavours but added a beautiful textural element to the dish. Accompanied, again, by a awesome piece of bread, toasted and drenched in butter this was a full and satisfying meal when finished with a generous slathering of mustard from the little pot on every table.
Service was very professional but attention to our needs a bit slow and our order for additional toast (for the tartare) was forgotten. Minor but a small contributor to the “lost” 1/2 star in the rating.
Overall, worth the wait and a delightful afternoon with great food and better company. Loved it.
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