On the theory that everyone’s a critic, we asked you, our readers, to try your hand at writing a restaurant review. Reader LeeAnn Dickson responded with this review of Bistro La Petite France in Roseville.
Why are so many U.S. citizens afraid of French food? I think most imagine a haughty chef in a stained apron with slicked-back hair, bending over a grimy stove with a cigarette dangling over his saut pan. The long ash tumbles from the glowing tip, splashes down and is quickly whisked into the sauce. Then, this heavy blanket of cream is poured over a minuscule piece of meat of unknown origin. A side order of cooked garden pests, still in their shells, completes the nightmare&emdash;all served by a waiter with limited English and unlimited attitude.
Well, my fellow Americans: Forget your fears.
In a nondescript strip mall off Foothills and Junction boulevards is dining paradis. Open the door to Bistro La Petite France and, without plane fare and jet lag, you arrive in Paris. The quiet, elegantly appointed dining room has the ambiance of a small Parisian bistro near the Seine. Our waiter, despite his French accent, understood and spoke English perfectly.
Executive chef and owner Christophe Ehrhart prepared a remarkable meal. To start, we were presented with fresh sliced bread and a dipping mixture of olive oil and a swirl of balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, spices and herbs. My first course was Salade du Bistro: a very generous serving of greens and candied walnuts tossed in a perfect mustard vinaigrette, with large wedges of creamy blue cheese. My companion enjoyed a huge Salade Caesar with white anchovies and ample shredded Parmesan.
Next, my companion dined on salmon medallions with tarragon sauce, while I had the lovely fillet of sole almandine. Every bite was a cloud of tender fish, crisp almond slices and a whisper of butter and lemon. With our espressos, we shared a warm apricot tart/vanilla ice cream concoction for dessert. Fantastique!
As we gazed out the windows, Roseville seemed to disappear. Was that the Eiffel Tower in the distance?
5131 Foothills Blvd., Suite 1, Roseville; (916) 786-9502; thelittlefrenchbistro.com
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