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mwest9 Feb 14, 2011 12:58 PM

We had dinner at Petite Maison this past weekend. I wasn’t disappointed, but there was a part of me hoping for some top-notch French cuisine at a reasonable price. Prices are reasonable and the food is, well, reasonably good.

We started with some tasty champagne by the glass (Henri Savard Blanc de Blanc – France) $8 which paired nicely with a sea scallop dish, Coquille St. Jaques as well as the hot gruyere gougeres brought as an amuse bouche. The sea scallops were sliced thin and swimming in béchamel sauce which tasted heavily of clam (prepared with clam juice rather than another kind of seafood stock?). The gratin topping and mushrooms were tasty, but I didn’t get a lot of scallop flavor from this dish, so it wasn’t excellent, just OK.

My wife had Coq au Vin ($19) which was done well and I had the duck breast with chanterelle and ham risotto with a tarragon jus. The duck breast ($20) was seasoned and cooked properly but it was very mild so I’m wondering if it was Pekin duck and not Muscovy or Moulard, which I would have preferred. The risotto was cooked past al dente, so it was a bit soft for my taste. I love chanterelles, but there weren’t that many in the risotto, so its flavor did not come through. Nor was there any discernible tarragon flavor in the jus. The dish has potential, but the execution (and possibly the ingredients?) left something to be desired. We paired our dishes with Cotes Du Rhone- Delas-Cotes Du Rhone $9 and Bordeaux – L’Abbaya De Saint Ferme $10 respectively. I typically find French reds too earthy and musty for my taste, but both of these, particularly the Bordeaux, were tasty and paired well with the food.

The best dish of the night was definitely the Vanilla Souffle with Orange Anglaise. This was a perfect size dessert soufflé, with a caramelized crust and a moist, airy center, cooked perfectly. The sauce was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The atmosphere is quaint, cozy and charming with all the wood paneling inside and the patio tables outside. Service was competent and pleasant. All in all, it’s fair value for pleasing food that I did not find to be exceptional.

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Petite Maison
7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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  1. Dapuma RE: mwest9 Feb 16, 2011 11:41 AM

    How would u compare it to metro brassiere? If you have been to both

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      mwest9 RE: Dapuma Feb 16, 2011 01:02 PM

      I haven't been to Metro Brassiere myself, but my wife had a lunch there a couple months ago that she was not pleased with, so she felt Petite Maison was better than Metro. I still want to try Metro, but I haven't made it there yet. I'm looking forward to trying their raw oysters. Have you been to both and if so what did you think?

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      Petite Maison
      7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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        Dapuma RE: mwest9 Feb 16, 2011 01:14 PM

        havent been to both, went to metro and was pleased not amazed, but would certainly go again to try more of the menu - i like the decor of metro, and they also seem to have good happy hour food we ordered off the regular menu and happy hour menu and were very suprised of the size and quality of the happy hour menu items we ordered (onion tart...was actually a flatbread but good quality toppings) and baked brie (good size, tasty), as lots of places the food suffers when the prices go down - service was friendly - however we were one of only two other tables there when we went

        maybe give it a try for happy hour if you check it out and if you like it - if you like mussels go for the palm frites with the mussels, the frites are very good with the sauce they make is excellent and it is big enough to split along with something off the happy hour menu - the drinks are 3 bucks off during happy hour as well which is nice

        still want to make it to petite maison but that is not on top of the list right now

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          ccl1111 RE: Dapuma Mar 2, 2011 07:19 AM

          Metro is now closed.

          We were blown away by Petite Maison when they opened & then I think it went through some growing pains. We've consistently had excellent food there for many, many months now. It's one of our family faves.

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          Petite Maison
          7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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            ziggylu RE: ccl1111 Mar 2, 2011 07:33 AM

            We were fans of Petite Maison when they first opened as well. We were very turned off last year when we made reservations for my husband's birthday and then were forced to wait for an hour for a table while the staff shrugged it off saying "well, we're very popular" and offered no apology for not being able to accomodate our reservation. (we waited the hour because we kept being told "just a few more minutes"...and after it was clear what was going on we knew if we left and went elsewhere on a saturday evening we'd just start the process over).

            Anyway, we haven't been back since we were so turned off to the experience. Has the service smoothed out? Are they able to handle their reservations now?

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            Petite Maison
            7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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              mwest9 RE: ziggylu Mar 3, 2011 07:39 AM

              We ate early just as the restaurant opened on the Friday before Valentine's. We arrived slightly before our reservation time and were seated right away. The restaurant filled up quickly and I didn't see anybody waiting, but I don't think my one-time experience can really answer your question about any possible ongoing problems with being seated on time. The service was prompt, courteous and competent. No problems, but nothing stood out as exceptional.

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