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“May have been a one-off fail, but won't be back”
Review of Auberge Du Petit Prince - CLOSED

Auberge Du Petit Prince
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: French, European, Fusion, Canadian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: A unique dining experience like no other in the city. Auberge is located in a landmark building with a classic décor. We offer an intimate bar featuring wines by the glass as well as seasonal classic and proprietary cocktails. The second floor private dining rooms are perfect for special occasions, meetings or conferences. With a seasonal menu that emphasizes local and fresh ingredients, Auberge is sure to please.
London
2 reviews
“May have been a one-off fail, but won't be back”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

The warning signs began when we arrived for dinner on a Friday night, and the restaurant looked abandoned. We were welcomed by the sole waiter who had answered the phone and was looking after the entire restaurant of guests (which may have been appropriate as there were only 2 others dining). Our coats were checked and we were seated. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated. It's a shame that the service was so terrible, and the food was at best mediocre for the price. We ordered the escargot fondue and the PEI mussels to start. The fondue was good, with generous portions of escargot, but with only 3 pieces of toast. The mussels were plump and juicy, but despite being described as spicy, there was little flavour to them. For mains we tried their dinner special - Halibut, and the chicken gnocchi. While the gnocchi was well flavoured, the disaster came from their so-called special. The halibut was overcooked and hard as a brick, while still cold in the centre. It may have been pre-cooked and reheated, as it also tasted a bit 'fishy'. We were going to return it, but there was no sign of the waiter, and we eventually just decided to finish our meals before the other plate got cold. He never once came by to ask how our meal was (maybe this is only common practice at swiss chalet and other finer establishments?). He later however spent much time rearranging wine glasses on other empty tables. We finished our meals, and had our plates cleared without even a question asked about how the food was, despite the clearly upset look on our faces. We didn't want to waste any more money to have what must have been a chef in training try and make a decent dessert, so we asked for the bill and left quite unimpressed with anything more than the physical building itself. Outside of their special, the food was good, but combined with the terrible service, and the nerve to serve such a terrible dish as their 'special', I would not recommend this place. Burn your money at some of the finer London establishments (Black Trumpet, The Only, David's Bistro, The Tasting Room, Garlic's, the list goes on!) that know how to treat their guests and prepare food on par with the price that Auberge charges.

  • Visited April 2012
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English first
London, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“ooh la la”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

yes, this is a magical place. my husband and I enjoyed it so much, we had our wedding dinner there. I always have the steak and frites. Love the quaint rooms and the staff!!! A must see.

  • Visited May 2011
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1 Thank whatsthefrequency
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London, Canada
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81 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Authentic”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

LOVE IT, so quaint, and elegant. I love the taster from the chef. Good food. Good service.

Visited June 2011
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Thank yojo12
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Seattle
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“TERRIFIC!”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

The best duck confit I have ever had. Great atmosphere, delightful food. All of our dishes were excellent, fresh and flavorful. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Visited March 2012
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Thank VickiD
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Proper French bistro ambience with an intelligently designed menu and attentive service.”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

This was truly a surprise, and a very plesant one at that. Close to most of the major downtown hotels (I stayed at the Holiday Inn) this was walking distance and the walk made a great lead up and cap to a great meal. Now, this is straight bistro fare through and through, so don't expect to discover a new flavour or dish here, but you can expect expertly prepared dishes with courteous and non-intrusive service in a dignified yet casual setting (I wore my red flannel and wasn't out of place, even though there were young couples on dates, seniors celebrating an anniversary and a couple of ladies doing a tea and desert service with a side of gossip)

I had the French onion soup, the Beef Wellington and an EggNog cheesecake. The soup was the winner, with a delicious broth with onions cooked to the perfect consistency, and enough beef in the broth to tie together the high quality ingredients. The Wellington came with local beef and was quite tasty, but the heirloom
carrots were the star of that dish, again perfectly cooked with plenty of crunch without too much effort. The cheesecake was beautifully presented, but I wanted more eggnog to come through, especially for something ao obviously intentioned to be a playful dish.

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Thank Michael J
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