Le Petit Blanc71-2 Walton StreetWhen hunting for a French dish, it is all too easy to dive on
to Little Clarendon Street and settle for Pierre Victoire or
worse, Café Rouge. However, I urge all escargots enthusiasts to
make the extra effort and trek up Walton Street to Le Petit
Blanc. Whether you are looking for a fixed price menu at £13.50,
for a two course meal or a full on gastronomic delight, this
little place is sure to satisfy all appetites. Le Petit Blanc has the reassuring name of top chef Raymond
Blanc behind the frying pan. Consequently every dish on the menu
is thoughtfully unique and a welcome relief from the usual
choices presented by these inferior restaurants. Although not
overly extensive, especially for vegetarians, the menu offers a
pleasant range of starters, mains and desserts including ceps
ravioli, escargot soup, perfect steak a la minute, and for all
those chocoholics out there, the most delectable chocolate
fondant, literally oozing with warm chocolate and melted in the
mouth. And let us not forget about the finer things in life. The
staff were particularly obliging when it came to the crucial
decision of finding the most complementing wines. The suggested
white was a dream, the red equally sublime, but the exquisitely
soft, peach coloured rose was the crowning glory. One would be
hard pushed to find anything on the menu that this gem of a wine
did not suit. The separate bar, also the designated smoking area,
provides an agreeable place in which to lounge while waiting for a
table, or indeed just sipping on a smooth G & T. Although the student wallet dictates that Le Petit Blan is not
a regular place to dine, when you are fed up with Oxford’s
run-ofthe- mill restaurants and your taste buds need a wake up
call, this might be the perfect spot. Go with a couple of good
mates and simply savour the moment before being jolted back to
reality with college gruel.Le Petit Blanc71-2 Walton StreetWhen hunting for a French dish, it is all too easy to dive on
to Little Clarendon Street and settle for Pierre Victoire or
worse, Café Rouge. However, I urge all escargots enthusiasts to
make the extra effort and trek up Walton Street to Le Petit
Blanc. Whether you are looking for a fixed price menu at £13.50,
for a two course meal or a full on gastronomic delight, this
little place is sure to satisfy all appetites. Le Petit Blanc has the reassuring name of top chef Raymond
Blanc behind the frying pan. Consequently every dish on the menu
is thoughtfully unique and a welcome relief from the usual
choices presented by these inferior restaurants. Although not
overly extensive, especially for vegetarians, the menu offers a
pleasant range of starters, mains and desserts including ceps
ravioli, escargot soup, perfect steak a la minute, and for all
those chocoholics out there, the most delectable chocolate
fondant, literally oozing with warm chocolate and melted in the
mouth. And let us not forget about the finer things in life. The
staff were particularly obliging when it came to the crucial
decision of finding the most complementing wines. The suggested
white was a dream, the red equally sublime, but the exquisitely
soft, peach coloured rose was the crowning glory. One would be
hard pushed to find anything on the menu that this gem of a wine
did not suit. The separate bar, also the designated smoking area,
provides an agreable place in which to lounge while waiting for a
table, or indeed just sipping on a smooth G & T. Although the student wallet dictates that Le Petit Blan is not
a regular place to dine, when you are fed up with Oxford’s
run-ofthe- mill restaurants and your taste buds need a wake up
call, this might be the perfect spot. Go with a couple of good
mates and simply savour the moment before being jolted back to
reality with college gruel. ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004