Au Petit Paris
Often French cuisine is as much about architecture as it is about cooking. At Au Petit Paris, the artful, architectural presentation of dishes is paired with fragrant aromas, delicious flavors and pleasing textures. The gorgeously sautéed sea scallops (cushioned between tiny columns of smoky bacon with graceful asparagus spears and curried cauliflower purée) look more like tiny modern sculptures than a dinner entrée. Housed in a low-key bungalow, this classic French restaurant impresses with its menu and atmosphere. There’s also plenty of eye-catching dazzle in the desserts, such as the dreamy caramelized pear tart on puff pastry where slices of fruit unfold like flower petals. One mouthful (coupled with a dollop of ice cream) will make all of the remorse that you feel for destroying this gastronomic blossom melt away.
The entrée prices certainly reflect the quality of the dishes, but the wine list is surprisingly reasonable.