Spoiler Alert - look around, there are better options.
I took my wife and mother for dinner to Petit Robert Central before heading to the theater to see the Nutcracker together. We chose it because it had nice reviews and was more convenient than some of the other restaurants we considered.
Good - friendly waitstaff. We requested a booth seat when we made the reservation and they had a booth waiting for us when we arrived. We enjoyed the setting and location. The flatbread appetizer with shallots and mushrooms was tasty, and the soufflé for dessert was good. You need to allow about 25 mins for the soufflé, so plan to order it before finishing your main course.
Average - most of the meal was very average. I would have put value up in the "good" section as most dishes were fairly priced but there are plenty of other restaurants that offer much better food for the same price.
Not good - Food.
In retrospect, the roasted beet and goat cheese salad was as it appears in the image on the website. Unfortunately, I they didn't have a picture of it on the menu. I don't think the beets were roasted, at least you couldn't taste it if they were. There were no greens in the salad, it was more like a beet and cheese big mac with the beet being the bread. I will say that I was disappointed by the Sea Conch chowder with bacon and scallions, which was incredibly boring and lacked flavor, bacon, sea conch, and scallions as far as I could tell. Finally of note, the lightly poached scallops in creamy gruyere sauce was a heave dish that lacked elegance. The gruyere sauce was not creamy, but rather it was melted gruyere and not a sauce. As soon as the dish cooled, the cheese coagulated and hardened.
Bartender - was fine but didn't know how to make relatively simple and traditional drinks such as a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.
I really want to like Petit Robert Central, but the food really needs to be better. I hope that they do take time to improve the quality and delivery of their product, otherwise they will end up like their predecessors at the same location.
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