It has been awhile since I did a legit restaurant review and I loved doing them when I was living in New York so I decided to bring ‘em out again! It has been a lot of fun exploring the Portland foodie community which rivals New York’s and I’m constantly finding amazing restaurants and places to try here.
A couple of weeks ago, I went with my friend, Melissa, to an art class. I went in starving and knew that we were going to eat afterwards but we hadn’t picked a place. Melissa mentioned that she had passed a cute restaurant on her way over so we decided to try it out.
Petite Provence was adorable and DELICIOUS! I would definitely go back. The restaurant itself is somewhat cramped-we were in between two other couples, an elderly couple that must have been on some sort of date except that clearly they were going dutch and the man was adamant that he wanted some foil to wrap up the bones to bring home to his dog. He was also very clear that he wanted to pay separately and made sure to slip a $10 bill in for his share and he did not want to be involved with the extra pastries she was purchasing. The second couple was NOT a date–he kept talking about his boyfriend and they also were very sure to make sure that they were paying separately. There seemed to be an alcove up above but even though it was quite crowded, they did not want to open it.
BUT the food was awesome! I was super impressed. I started with a drink, the Lavender’s Bees Knees-A twist on the classic prohibition-era drink, homemade lavender simple syrup shaken with gin and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE lavender and this drink was definitely the bees knees!
The menu was divided into smaller plates and the server recommended getting a couple of smaller plates so that’s what we did! I started with the Canapés Francais-a trio of canapés, blue cheese mousse with apple and walnuts; chive cream cheese with smoked salmon and cucumber; and tapenade with roasted cherry tomatoes served on sliced baguette.
I personally loved the blue cheese and the salmon but not so much the tapenade–it was a little too salty for me. The other two, yum!
I then had the Kobe Beef Sliders-topped with sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions, smoked provolone, and basil aioli.
Yum! I loved these–the only thing I would say is I wish they had been a little rarer because I like my meat on the rare side but other than that, I devoured these.
You couldn’t come to this restaurant and NOT get dessert-they were all over the place and delicious looking. The little girl next to us had an awesome looking meringue cookie:
I had a trio of petite desserts that was a great way to try a bunch of different ones.
This included a chocolate mousse cup–an edible tempered chocolate shell filled with creamy chocolate mousse and Lemon Graffiti-dense chocolate biscuit cake layered with white chocolate creme, lemon curd, lemon creme, ganache with chocolate crisps and almond creme. I can’t remember what the third one was but it was good!
All in all, I have to say I LOVED this restaurant and I liked the concepts of smaller plates so that you could try a couple of different things. Their brunch menu on the weekends also looked pretty amazing so I will definitely be coming back!