I joined a friend at Le Petit Commines this week for dinner. I had not eaten there previously, and I walked in concerned about the décor and the menu. I assumed that it was yet another restaurant in Paris that had adopted a "nouvelle cuisine" approach to servings. As a result I was concerned that I would leave hungry. I was pleasantly surprised in that the food was plentiful, the quality outstanding, the plate attractive and the service quite attentive. The fact that it took some time for each course to come out of the kitchen, in spite of a light crowd in the restaurant, told me that the preparation of each items was completely fresh.
My plat of Magret de canard was attractive with delicious stewed pears and apples. Unfortunately the duck was so tough that it was a challenge to cut it with a normal knife. The dessert course was stellar and called La Delice Petit - a delicious combination of mascarpone cheese, strawberries, crackling crispy interior decorated with fresh mint.
Although there was a mix-up with the reservation through La Fourchette, and we did not receive the discount we thought we had reserved, I enjoyed the experience at this restaurant. The manager was quite attentive in handling our concerns and even offered us a glass of champagne as a gesture. That's rarely done in France.
The prices were a bit high for the 3rd arrondissement, but it was a nice splurge.
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