I'm very ambivalent as I write this review. We had a good visit at Petite Auberge and really enjoyed ourselves there but the food was just "Okay". Here's my review:
So last night, we dressed up and went out to Petite Auberge, thanks to a gift certificate from a friend who wanted to send us to a nice French restaurant in Atlanta. Many of the Google reviews say "Excellent!" and the dress code was business casual or better. So, buying the gift certificate from out of state, he thought Petite Auberge sounded like a pretty nice place.
What we found was a dated restaurant located in a strip mall (laundry mat, nail salon, tanning, groceries, pub, liquor store, etc.) with a dated interior and a much older clientele. The menu was decidedly not French. In fact, we thought it might even have been British. Maybe simply European.
We felt overdressed but, since it was a long-awaited date night for us, we didn't mind. The staff was friendly, eager, older, and easy to talk to. We were relaxed by this atmosphere but disappointed that it wasn't what we expected.
My husband had some sort of steak dish and I had the lobster. I started off with the crab/shrimp cake appetizer which was good enough but really nothing to write home about. It was well cooked but the flavors were quite bland. The lobster was just a tad undercooked and felt rubbery. Again, the flavors of the lobster were just not there. The vegetable was a strange steamed squash that was cooked fine but, once again, had no real flavor profile. I didn't eat much of that. The bed of rice was simply yellow rice, well-cooked.
My husband had Steak Frites, which is just French for steak and fries. We don't even know what type of steak it was but my husband said it was "Okay". He opted for desert and got the crepe with ice cream. Again, no special flavor profile to make him say "Wow!".
I had a glass of the Petite Auberge Cabernet which was okay, too, but I switched to the Kendall-Jackson. Much better choice. They do have a large selection of wine, so you can't really go wrong there.
Overall, we were relaxed, the staff was great, and the food was "Okay". So...it wasn't terrible.
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