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“very traditional French food in a traditional French environment”

P'tite Ardoise Bistro
Ranked #50 of 1,434 Restaurants in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Perth CBD
Description: Authentic French bistro
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had a preference for French cuisine this night and we looked at what was available in Perth. Plenty of options from Guilliame at Crown to Chez Pierre on Stirling Highway, but we chose Petit Ardoise mostly because of itsl location. Food was excellent and staff knowledgeable and competent. Steak Tartare was brilliant as we're the scallops. There is a choice of menus from Bistro to a la carte and you can choose courses between the two. We'll definitely return

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by an assistant manager at the Ibis hotel where we were staying nearby. We arrived on a Friday night and did not have a booking. Luckily we got the last free table. When you walk in you feel like you're in France. The nice lady at the door and the servers are French. The Domaine du Vallaurie Rhone ($42) was one of the less expensive wines on the list but was very good. It was a nice touch that it was decanted. The bread and oil ($7) was delicious as were the fantastic lamb on root vegetables ($37) and scallops and rabbit starter ($21). We may have been the only non-locals there, and will definitely return when in Perth.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

We took our family out for the birthdays of the 18 and 22 yo girls. The venue was pleasant, the service and staff polite, prompt and not at all intrusive. The food was an excellent standard and there was enough variety that everyone was happy , which was a joy in itself as its not always possible! The desserts were a highlight and the cheese platter exceptional. The girls got a round of happy birthday and some candles which they appreciated. All in all a great night and we will be return customers . Well done.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

I wanted to start off my review by saying that this is one of the best meals that we have had in a very long time. Possibly one of the best we have had in Perth.

Having made a reservation for my wife's birthday, I was unsure about whether I had made the right decision as there were a few reviews I had read that talked about poor food and service. I very nearly changed to a different restaurant at the last minute, but we were both glad that I didn't.

Right from the start, the service was excellent. At no point during our meal did we feel rushed or, on the other hand, forgotten about. We loved it that we were just left to get on with our meal and not feel as though we had to "eat up quick" so that they could turn our table over for the next sitting. When we wanted something, the staff were there to provide a very personal service; when we didn't want anything, they left us alone. Perfect!

The food was fantastic! We started with snails (excellent!) and chicken (I think) liver parfait (also very good!); followed by the beef cheeks (very tender!) and entrecote (served with possibly the best bearnaise sauce ever!); and then creme brulee (perfect!) and the cheese platter (which had about 7 different cheeses!).

In terms of price, it maybe cost a little more than I had anticipated, but it still felt like good value. We went for the whole package - apperitif, bottle of wine, entree, mains, dessert and digestif, which is something we don't normally do, but it was a special occasion so we made sure that we enjoyed ourselves.

We were surprised at how busy it was for a Thursday night, which was a good sign for business, in what is becoming an increasingly competitive market here in Perth. The only downside, I suppose, is that we did feel "packed in" and that we were sitting very close to everyone else around us. It kind of added to the atmosphere, but it did mean that our meal wasn't quite as romantic as I had anticipated beforehand.

We would definitely return, and we highly recommend P'tite Ardoise Bistro to others.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

P’tite Ardoise markets itself as representing a genuine piece of Normandy. In this case Normandy has been stereo-typed and twisted to create what its customers still seem to believe is a French bistro. They certainly give it excellent write ups on the various review sites.

We were excited to be going to what sounded like an excellent French bistro. We ignored the slightly slow and stilted start to the service and enthusiastically ordered the Terrine du Chef to share as a starter. For mains my wife ordered the beef cheeks and I was talked into ordering the duck with orange sauce (“the dish everyone comes back here for”).

The “terrine” arrived looking more like a pate, and in fact was closer to a parfait. It had a very light texture but was tasty and well-seasoned. It was not until later that we realised this was to be the best dish of the night!

To the main courses, the duck leg was over cooked (dry and stringy) and the orange source cloyingly sweet. Fortunately the beef checks were a little bit more successful but nevertheless disappointing, lacking the richness and texture of a well-cooked dish. The vegetables were straight out of the bain-marie a combination of cooked and overcooked with large chucks of watery courgette.

What should have been an excellent Crème Brule was spoilt by being heated to long under the grill - leaving the top nice and crispy but the inside slightly warm…...

The general feeling was of a meal that carried the memory and influences of French cooking styles from many decades ago - but that had somehow been lost in the translation over the years, old fashioned but not in good way.

The needless “French” flourishes continued into the wine. For some reason it was deemed necessary to decant a recent and ordinary French table wine – perhaps to justify a fairly steep mark up.

And yes, the bread (good) offered at the table is an extra charge despite this not being made clear when it is offered (it is listed in the menu as a chargeable item).

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