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“Perfect Wedding” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Petanque - CLOSED

La Petanque
Price range: $15 - $21
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Award winning restaurant. Chef's Hat 2013.Panoramic views over near by olive grove and vineyards. Contemporary French Cuisine and extensive wine List. Gourmet Traveller Best Regional Wine list of the Year 2009.
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect Wedding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

When we first visited La Petanque to decide upon a reception venue the first thing that we noticed were the exquisite smells that were coming from the kitchen which reached us all the way in the carpark. We were even greeted by one of the chefs who was picking herbs from the front garden! The mouth watering smells and the friendliness of the chef instantly made us feel at home. And from there it only got better.

The owner and manager, Philippe, and his team were patient and extremely helpful when it came to selecting a menu, organising staff such as photographers and florists, and ensuring that the reception ran without a hitch, glitch, or any problem whatsoever.

The food was perfection- you must try the seared Atlantic scallops and the Flinders Island lamb rump which were my favourite, although all the food was freshly sourced, beautifully presented, and expertly prepared and cooked. Our guests absolutely raved about the valrhona 'guanaja' chocolate fondant, and I was thrilled that Philippe allowed me to have French cheeses as a dessert given that I'm a bit of a savoury fiend.

The regular wine list at La Petanque is extensive, and it is worth a visit just to share in a cheese platter and try some of their wines. Philippe let us select the wines for our wedding which is an option that I hadn't come across before during my search of the Peninsula for the perfect reception venue. He even let us select the beers, and when my partner chose a craft beer that he doesn't usually stock he ordered it in just for our reception anyway!

The service at La Petanque was excellent. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. And when my mother in law dropped her cardigan in the carpark at the end of the night Philippe washed it and express posted it to her. If this isn't the epitome of class then I'm not sure what is.

In terms of the atmosphere at La Petanque, we hired a 4 piece band (the Baker Boys) and the acoustics within the restaurant due to the high ceilings was just incredible. The venue is also delightful at night because the moon shines in through the numerous windows and bounces off the wooden floors and ceiling. We had tealight candles on our tables and the glow from the candles in combination with the glow from the moon was simply magical.

So, in summary, La Petanque is a beautiful restaurant run by a lovely team who produce exquisite food, and I recommend a visit.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Melbourne
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Car Park Said It All”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

We were going to Flinders for lunch on Thursday. On the way we saw La Pétanque. We noticed few cars in the car park. Not good. French cuisine is my favourite. Flinders was cooler than expected so we went back to La Pétanque. The main course was entree size. And the cuisine was definitely not French. I had 2 tiny pieces of Bass Groper and my husband had 4 tiny slices of duck. The one small slice of bread was dry on the outside. The cuisine was ordinary. The prices extraordinary.

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Thank AlexandraMelbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect Wedding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

La Petanque was the setting for our daughter's wedding, and we could not have been more happier with the excellent food, beautiful setting, excellent service provided by Phillipe and his staff. They could not have been more helpful or considerate in ensuring that the event was a success.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gayle P
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Memorable lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Popped into this lovely little restaurant in Red Hill for lunch.
Given it had a chefs hat, we expected to pay a little more.
Food was beautifully cooked and matching wines complemented well.
Smallish menu- I wouldn't take kids there.

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank MelbourneTravelbug
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent choice in Red Hill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

We were very impressed with La Petanque when we dined there in June and so returned there to try the Sping menu with a group of 22 friends. Phillipe was wonderful in helping us organise what turned out to be a very pleasant Sunday lunch in lovely surroundings. The food is innovative and delicious and the wine list excellent. For the intricacy and quality of the dishes, we thought it was good value for our 3 courses.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Sally C
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