Boston | Petit Robert: bon appétit

by Kitty Kaufman

New Year's Eve we went to lunch sans le bébé. We chose Petit Robert in Kenmore Square. (This location closed. They are now in the South End.) We had a BLT and a salad Niçoise with canned tuna (don't shoot the messenger, it's listed that way on the menu). The only things French were the frites and the service.

Dilusha, who orders the best things, sometimes gets dessert. We went back and forth over mousse au chocolat with langues de chat, apple tarte tatin with crème fraîche and one giant profiterole with ice cream and fudge sauce. The profiterole won. It took 40 minutes, 20 minutes longer than you wait for their soufflés. We were chatting away and because our parking meters were about to expire, we asked. Yes, it's coming and finally, it did.

If you have nothing else, have this."Giant" is, for once and in fact, true. It covered the plate. Apparently, the pastry chef baked it just for us, stuffed it with pastry cream and ice cream, dribbled a ton of hot fudge sauce with powdered sugar and sent it over. The pastry was warm, the cream was eggy and the sauce, well, if you made a vat and jumped in, you wouldn't call for help right away.

P.S. November 2020: They are on Columbus Avenue in the South End. The profiterole is on the menu.

© February 4, 2013, November 2020
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