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Jul 21, 2012 01:55 PM

la petite daupine

i had a lovely brunch here this morning- i had the rooibos tea, which came out in a large pot, as i waited for my companion to arrive.

i had the crab and avocado salad, and my friend got the salad nicoise. both were very nice- simple, but prepared well. the portions were large enough, although i didnt feel stuffed at all.

they were out of the chilled foie gras terrine, chevre and wild mushroom tart. and quiche du jardinere- apparently an especially large brunch party this morning cleaned them out of those items. unfortunate bc i would have ordered the tart or quiche for sure- another reason to return

unfortunately, we were never given the breakfast menu, despite asking for it twice, so we didnt order one of the omelettes or toast, which looked wonderful. service was definitely a little scatter-brained, but they were very friendly and clearly meant well.

they were happy to let us linger, and consequently, we were at brunch for almost 2.5hours. pacing of the meal was quite relaxed, which is something i miss about being in france. i strongly dislike rushed meals. i much prefer being left alone and having to request the check when we want to go to them pushing me along.

saw some gorgeous desserts on our way out- we will be back for sure

i was expecting a glorified coffee shop, but this place was definitely a restaurant. casual though, despite the white linens and stark (modernist?) decor. when i arrived, some people were hanging out doing work. they left when things got a bit busier around 12 30ish.

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  1. We tried this restaurant last week, we came in for dessert , and absolutely loved it. I love the idea of a sit down dessert- focused restaurant. I think we have been lacking that in Philly. I feel guilty if I go into a traditional restaurant and just order dessert and most true dessert focused places are really just casual cafes. This was perfect. We were able to order coffee and cappuccino and ordered from their huge dessert cart. Seriously, there is nothing more fun in life than ordering from a dessert cart (except maybe ordering from a cheese cart). We did a selection for desserts for 15 dollars which was quite reasonable. We got dark chocolate mousse, citron tarte, and creme caramel with pineapple. All delicious. The service was very laid back but very friendly and professional.

    I saw the lunch/brunch menu and it looked quite good. Based on your review it seems to be worth a stop in for lunch. The next time you are there definitely try the dessert cart!

    1. New to Chowhound, but I'd like to review this restaurant as well....

      Just a few steps west of Rittenhouse Square, on Walnut Street between 20th and 21st, you'll see a waving white and yellow banner. Exterior topiary and railings shining in gold leaf accent. indicate that you arrived at La Petite Dauphine. I went with a group of friends from New York City for brunch on Sunday. We were all quite impressed! After the hustle of activity on Walnut Street, La Petite Dauphine was a nice oasis of calm and civility inside. The architecture of the interior is quite interesting to see as well. The staff was gracious and attentive, but not intrusive, allowing us all a nice, relaxing brunch. I hesitate to say just how great a find this location is as I want to keep the secret to myself! Definitely bring you own bottles as they have all the accessories that you'll need and more. We brought a sparking wine that they were gracious enough to allow us to pair with their fresh pressed orange juice for the most refreshing mimosas! There's a quiet air of sophistication, that is not stuffy at all. The prices are incredibly reasonable as well. We were actually shocked at the range and amount of food that was available with great prices and because so we were able to order their fantastic cheese course as well as an additional dessert. The depth of flavor and variety of the cheeses was impressive as was the presentation. We never felt rushed or hurried and were able to relax afterwards with a rich and mellow cup of coffee/latte.