Petit Robert Bistro – French Lite

1414 Commonwealth Ave. Brighton, MA 02134 (617) 274-8687

*On the eastbound side of Commonwealth Ave near the intersection of Kelton Street

Seth & Ren, +2 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Franziskaner (German beer)
  • Imperial Red IPA
  • Magners Apple cider
  • Cremant champagne
  • Bottle of Sipp Mack Pinot Blanc, Alsace 2007 
  • –Plates–
  • Sliced red beet and goat cheese salad
  • Creamy lobster bisque
  • Soupe à l’Onion Gratinée
  • Trio of Homemade Patés with assorted Condiments
  • Cape Cod Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette Sauce
  • Six Escargots Bourguignon
  • Fried Mashed Potato Croquettes
  • Sautéed Scallops over Mushroom Risotto
  • Boston Bouillabaisse with Hake, Baby Clams, Mussels, Bay Scallop and Shrimp
  • Beef Short Rib Bourguignon and Roasted Potato
  • Baked wild trout with a butter sauce
  • –Desserts–
  • Mousse au Chocolat with Langue de chat x2
  • Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Palmier Cookie
  • One Giant Profiterole with Vanilla Ice Cream and Fudge Sauce
  • $207.59 w/ tax ($62.52 in drinks) Had a 4 person Groupon that made it $100.72

Ave Price/Person: $45-55 w/ Drinks: $55-75

Seth: Came across a Groupon for four people that included an appetizer, entrée and dessert apiece. Having been to the Kenmore Sq location previously and enjoying it quite a bit, I thought this would be a great place this week. While none of the food was bad, almost none of it was what we expected. Especially given their higher price. As you can see in some of the photos the extra few seconds of attention were not given the plates just to make the presentation a little nicer. Each of us picked out an appetizer each and added a couple more. I picked the beet salad. The cheese was nice along with the drizzling of balsamic. The beets didn’t seem as fresh or firm as they should have been. Ren and I had two oysters each. They were tasty enough. Perakis had the bisque which I tried and really liked its richness. Makeda’s patés were incredibly rich and quite. Sharing them among the four of us we still were not quite able to completely finish them. Ren’s onion soup was rich and nice and the escargots, while inexplicably green, were pretty good. There were a side of fried mashed potato croquetts were really good with a crunchy exterior. My entrée was the sautéed scallops over a mushroom risotto. The scallops were cooked perfectly and had great flavor to them. The risotto was ok. I think the last batch Makeda and I made was better.  Perakis’ trout was cooked well, Ren’s Bourguignon nicely flavored. Makeda liked her Bouillabaisse well enough, but thought most the seafood items were a little over cooked. We closed out with a dessert apiece. I really liked my Crème Brûlée. It had that perfect thin sugar crust to it and ended up sharing a bunch of bites to the others. Makeda and Ren really liked their Mousse and Perakis’ Profiterole was really big with a really nice chocolate sauce on it. I doubt I’ll be back to this particular location but I think I’d like to compare the Downtown location some day. My favorite thing: The perfectly cooked scallops.

Ren: One delightful discount via groupon tempted us over to Brookline for some french cuisine this week. Though I’ll have to note that the cuisine itself was less than delightful. One of our dining guests remarked that it was more like french lite. A suiting title for french food that was just a smidge over average and lacking in buttery rich flavors that we have come to expect from Parisian dishes.  My french onion soup appetizer managed to be weak in flavor and strong in onion presence. The escargot lacked enough butter and garlic but the oysters were delightful and my friends trio of pates finally gave my taste buds the richness they desired. My beef short rib bourguignon entrée was the biggest disappointment mostly due to presentation with broccoli cut far to large and average tasting beef. Surprise, surprise the wine pared with our meal also seems to lite on flavor. My chocolate mousse finish was good but just a little too sweet for me.  All in all the food wasn’t bad just a little under rich and a little over priced. My favorite thing: The fresh tasty oysters.

Food: Seth 7.5 Ren 6.5 Food Ave: 7 Some good food, some decent food. Not really worth the price.

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 7 Ren 6.5 The waiters/manager spoke a little French. The decor didn’t really live up to what they were charging. Not a bad little place though

Service: Seth 8 Ren 7.5 The waiter was good.  A little new perhaps. Plates were taken and waters refilled often. They worked with us when we needed to rush the last little bit and get out of there.

Total Average: 7.167 I’ve heard better things about their Downtown location and I’ve been to their Kenmore Sq location so this spot was a little bit of a disappointment. For a French place it had too much Americanization to it. For the quality it was too expensive. As a group we felt we had spent too much even with the Groupon cost.

One bad thing: The price to quality point


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