When it comes to French food in the capital, there aren’t a lot of options. Bord Eau is high-end, white-tableclothed and prim, Le Beaujolais is rustic, checked-tableclothed and relaxed, and La Brasserie at Venetian Village sits somewhere inbetween. La Petite Maison, while resolutely fine-dining, feels more modern and welcoming than all three.
The bright dining room is a delight to spend time in and the staff – from the welcome to the goodbye – never miss a beat. We reckon only their conterparts at Zuma can rival their expertise.
When it comes to food, the menu is filled with Niçoise specialities, meaning you get Mediterranean classics inspired by France and Italy.
Dishes are designed to share (we won’t sneer, LPM was one of the very first to introduce this kind of dining) meaning you can push the boat out or reign it in. It can get pricey, but everything you eat will be superb.
We’re dining at lunchtime so keep things light with salt cod croquettes and sea bass carpaccio to start and gnocchi and a morel and asparagus risotto for mains. Every mouthful of every dish is mind-blowing.
Each visit to La Petite Maison makes us think we should come more often. It’s sensational.
The bottom line
Up there with the very best in the city.