A friend and I came here on a weekday afternoon for lunch during Maine Restaurant Week. I had been here once before a couple of years ago for Sunday brunch. I already knew that they were meat-heavy and in particular have taken issue with them serving foie gras due to the suffering which is imposed upon the geese in this process. This is not the only restaurant in this city to serve foie gras. I 'got over myself' and decided to try Petite Jacqueline again anyway.
The restaurant was surprisingly quiet. This is a French bistro, and our table was set with cloth napkins, silver and our water glasses already poured. We sat off to the side in a more out--of-the-way section of the large room, nicely decorated. Our waitress was personable, helpful and attentive during our visit.
We started each with a bottle of Maine Root brand Mexican cola, on the rocks. It was very refreshing. We each then ordered the roasted cauliflower soup, which was served in a shallow mid-sized bowl. It was a decent-tasting soup and needed just a touch of salt and pepper to bring out the subtle flavors. For our main entrée we each had the croque monsieur (essentially, a ham and cheese sandwich) with mornay sauce on top. It was a rich, tasty good-sized portion, perfect for our artery-clogging desires. I skipped dessert, but my companion finished with a delicious chocolate pot de crème and an espresso drink. Lunch was not cheap, even with the $15.00 fixed price each for our two-course meal during Maine Restaurant Week. But we liked our experience very much, especially our waitress.
I will come back, maybe next time for dinner, sans the foie gras.
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