Location:Highgate – Beaufort St
I’m in the mood for French cuisine so I decided to head to P’tite Ardoise Bistro on Beaufort St in Mt Lawley. Walking in you’re immediately greeted by the waitstaff and taken to a table. The interior is like a bistro you would find in Paris. After having a look at the menu, I decided to choose the escargo and venison.
Selection of Bread – Served with olive oil, salted butter and olive tapenade
One of the waiters came around to each table with a basket of freshly baked bread varieties and a tray of butter, olive oil, and tapanade. I chose the French baguette which wasn’t like the baguette I was expecting but nonetheless, I enjoyed it with the butter especially.
Escargot à ma façon – Snails cooked the chef’s way $21
I really like escargo so I was happy to see it on the menu. The style was different to the typical garlic, parsley and olive oil. This version contained the same ingredients but with a different take. Three mini dishes were presented, each containing 3 escargot immersed in a tomato base with a touch of garlic, parsley and olive oil, and a crunchy mini toast lay atop. I rather enjoyed the mini toast before getting into the guts of the dish. The escargot were tender, some a touch chewy but the slightly spongy texture is more than acceptable and something unique to escargot. The tomato base was tasty though I thought it could have had more punch from additional parsley which is an ingredient which pairs well with tomato. The salty olive tapenade pairs well with the rich tomato base.
Margaret River venison rack with chestnut cream, baby vegetables and green peppercorn sauce $48
For my mains I ordered the venison which was presented as a rack but there were three pieces of slightly pink flesh also presented. It was cooked perfectly, nice and tender with lovely earthy flavours. Complimenting the earthy flavours were other root vegetables in fennel, beetroot, onion and a chestnut puree. The vegetables pair well with the venison and were cooked nicely. I really love chestnut puree but this version was a tad sweet rather than the deep earthy tones I was expecting. The jus was tasty with the venison but there wasn’t enough of it and the flavours were’t developed enough for my liking, I wanted more intensity. I was quite underwhelmed by the meal which was effectively meat and three veg, lacking the French flair, touch and flavours I expect from French cuisine, which is among my favourites. Instead, it was not worth seeing what dessert would be like and I paid my bill and bid adieu.
P’tite Ardoise Bistro Food Review Summary
Verdict: I really love French cuisine but P’tite Ardoise Bistro really didn’t do French cuisine the justice it deserves. I started with the escargot which served up 3 mini dishes, each containing 3 escargot immersed in a rich tomato base and a crunchy mini toast atop. The escargot were cooked well, nice and tender, some a tad spongey but tasty nonetheless. The crunchy mini toasts were tasty and the tomato base was good, though the dish was solid without being wow. I thought more flavour could have been delivered by additional parsley and potentially more garlic. The venison for mains was also perfectly cooked medium rare and served with a range of earthy vegetables which pair well. However, I felt the dish was underwhelming and quite pedestrian, really serving up meat and 3 veg. The French touches of a delicious sauce and flavour that is well represented in their dishes was lacking in this. I was quite disappointed with the outcome, particularly for the price paid, and passed on dessert.
Price: Moderately Expensive
Recommendation: Try Once If You Want But Not Worth Visiting Again
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P'tite Ardoise Bistro -19 Dec 2015,