If you are dining at Petit Robert in the winter months try to get a table as far from the entrance as possible as there is no protection when the front door opens and the icy air gushes in. We had no choice of seating on a crowded holiday night and ate wearing our coats and jackets. Not sure why the owner doesn't consider erecting one of those temporary vestibules outside that would provide another buffer.
The food, however, was fabulous. The two vegetarians among us ordered the eggplant and couscous dish and raved about it. The other entrees ordered by our group included one of the specials, a tender rib eye; the poulet au jus; and the sweetbreads. Each of us devoured every morsel on our plates. I was also relieved this is no cuisine minceur-type of kitchen; the portions were reasonable. My only request would be more for at least one more vegetarian entree, since there was only one on the menu we were shown.
The service was prompt without being overbearing. I frankly was surprised, though, when the waitstaff started clearing plates before everyone in our party was finished. In a restaurant of this caliber, I would have expected the waiters to respect the custom of allowing all diners to finish eating before removing dishes, an aspect of fine dining service which sadly is disappearing rapidly.
Other than the wintry indoor temperature, this is a tiny restaurant. Making your way to and from the rest rooms at the back requires some maneuvering between the bustling waiters. One last nit: I was surprised how shabby the rest rooms were considering the prices on the menu and the upscale ambiance in the front of the house.
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