Seafood at Petit Robert Bistro

When I think of French food, I think of foie gras, chicken coq au vin, beef bourguignon, croissants, macarons, cheese, wine, and lots of butter. I don’t usually think of French food and associate it with seafood.

Petit Robert Bistro changed that.

It is, no question, my favorite French restaurant in Boston.  The cozy setting at Petit Robert Bistro is relaxing, and the food tastes homey and comforting.  Perhaps it’s all the butter, but in all the years that I’ve been dining there, I have never tasted a dish that did not elicit moans of satisfaction from me and my dining companions.

Last week my friends and I had a quick dinner at the Kenmore Square location, and we all ordered seafood entrees.

we had a nice view by the bay windows to people watch on Comm Ave

we started with a warm, fresh-baked baguette with cool, creamy butter

and an order of garlicky escargot

Do you like escargot? Snails are also common food in the Philippines,  where it is called kuhol, and is usually prepared with a spicy coconut milk broth. I always think of my grandfather when I see snails on the menu, because he used to eat them by the bowl.  I was always impressed with how Filipinos can take something that other people don’t normally consider edible and turn it into something tasty – so when I discovered that snails are also considered a common appetizer in French food, I couldn’t wait to try it! One bite of the chewy escargot, swimming in garlic butter sauce, and I was hooked. Now every time I go to a French restaurant, I want to order escargot.

But for my main dish that night, I went with this beauty:

grilled salmon legs with sorrel beurre blanc

Yes, they are called salmon legs in the menu. When I asked our server about it, she said it’s because the chef cuts a salmon fillet in half and serves it side by side “like legs” – so really it’s just their way of being playful with the menu. I don’t really care what it is called because it was just divine. The salmon was soft and buttery and perfectly seasoned. In my opinion, it didn’t need that much beaurre blanc, but hey, if you give me extra butter, I’m not gonna say no to it.

my friend Mike ordered the crispy bluefish

Look at that skin! I don’t understand how some people take the skin off when eating fish; when it’s golden brown and crispy like this, it’s like taking the skin off  when eating fried chicken!

my friend Lance ordered the sauteed scallops with spinach

Now I have to admit after my scallop scare at Oleana, that I have not eaten scallops since then. However Lance loved it and he cleaned his plate in minutes.

We also ordered a sparkling Rose with dinner, and its crisp flavor was the perfect accompaniment to the seafood entrees. We were all too full to have dessert though (boooo). Even if dessert is one of the best things I love about Petit Robert Bistro (see pictures of past desserts in this blog post), this was one of the very rare, sad days where I had to pass.

We were all delighted by our choices that night. Now whenever I think about French food, thanks to Petit Robert Bistro, I think of seafood too. And still butter, lots of butter.

Do you like French food? What is your favorite dish? French fries don’t count!

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22 Responses to “Seafood at Petit Robert Bistro”

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted June 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Your salmon looks AMAZING…and I think I know a place I have to visit for dinner during my August trip to Boston.

    My favorite French food is the macaron. Of course it’s a dessert.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted June 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I love French food and all of those dishes look delicious! I really love almost anything except escargots scare me.

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    Daisy posted June 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

    what a great dinner. I have never been here, but I do love French food. (My post today was a French Brunch!) Macaroons and Crepes are high on my list!!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted June 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Haha, I was totally gonna say French Fries. What about French toast? I also love crepes. I’ve never noticed this restaurant before – will have to check it out!

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    dan posted June 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I take the skin off fish sometimes just because I think it needs to be cooked perfectly to be delicious and people mess it up 4 out of 5 times. When it is done just right, I agree that it is amazing.

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday posted June 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I like escargot but I think that snails in coconut broth sounds even better. I’m going to have to find a recipe for that!

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    Michelle Collins posted June 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Yum! I still eat seafood on occasion, and this looks like the perfect place to get some!

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    Megan posted June 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Salmon legs makes me laugh. :) Sounds like a fabulous dinner. I remember having really delicious country pate and French onion soup there.

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    Michelle posted June 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Sparkling rose? Escargot? We seriously share the same palate!

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    miriam posted June 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I absolutely adore French food! Especially the fish, bread and escargot. I have yet to try Petit Robert, but dinner at Jacky’s Table was one of the best meals I’ve eaten ever – and I had a baked fish :) AND escargot.
    Escargot in spicy coconut milk sounds AMAZING.

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted June 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I LOVE Petit Robert! We go to the one in the South End, but I have been to the Comm Ave one twice. Always so delicious and reasonably priced.

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    MelissaNibbles posted June 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I love escargot and those look delicious!

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat posted June 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

    That seafood looks amazing – and lighter than other French fare!

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    Shilpa posted June 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    For me it has to be the french desserts! They are brilliant and I admire all the techniques that go into making them (maybe, one fine day, I will be able to learn a little bit of those skills!)…also, love french crepes….Am currently reading ‘The Skinny French Kitchen’ cookbook and in that the author mentions how little butter they actually eat in france…here, I used to wonder why the french women never put on weight even after eating croissants for breakfast everyday!!


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    Susan (Oliepants) posted June 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Of all of your friends’ dishes, I like yours the best – again with my fish issues. I haven’t tried escargot but I need to. This might be b/c I don’t know – but it looks like it tastes like mussels. Am I wrong?

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    Sarah posted June 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I think of fois gras as well – but I just heard via the Splendid Table Podcast – the fois gras is actually a result of the Jews in Paris – because they required an alternative to pork fat. I think it was interesting – and that podcast rocks!

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    Joanne posted June 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

    When I think of French food, I tend to think of butter. And butter definitely goes well with seafood! This looks like one fabulous meal. I want to try some of those melt-in-your-mouth salmon legs!

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    Alaina posted June 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Love French food! I was raised on Quebec cuisine. I know it’s vastly different than French, but still good.

    My favorite restaurant is Bistro du Midi. They have the best monkfish!

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal posted June 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

    That looks so good! I can’t decide which sounds better, the salmon or his scallops!! :)

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    Erin @ A Nesting Experience posted June 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Wow! This looks delicious. I always wanted to eat there when I lived in Boston. I don’t know why I didn’t!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Hey Erin, yeah it’s definitely one of top spots here in Boston :) Maybe you can check it out when you come back to visit!

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