Great things come in small packages! Montpellier, France

10.13.14

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This is a post we are very excited about sharing with you as Nancy and I had one of our best experiences thus far when we stumbled across ‘Le Petit Bistrot’ as we were meandering our way through the inner city of Montpellier. If you have been following our blog you know by now that you will get less “sights/historical” impressions and lots of food and drink highlights.

We were drawn right away to the cute and secluded little restaurant, and I mean little as Le Petit Bistro sits about 15 people max and most all of that is outside. When we squeezed our way into the actual building we were greeted by a very polite, busy person and were told it would be about a half hour before we could be served…the delicious smells wafting from the place made us not hesitate in staying one bit. As we eagerly grabbed the only outdoor table for two that was not even cleared yet from the last patron, I thought to myself “there was only one person working in that tiny kitchen, is he doing everything himself?….yes, he was!” And that person is Chef/Owner, Nicholas, or maybe a better title of superhuman gastronomique extraordinaire! Nicholas is a one man show, he does everything; chef, waiter, bartender, dishwasher, bus boy and maître d. As we sat sipping on our glass of wine each, we watched as he catered to the two tables next to ours totaling 13 people, we now made it 15, house full! We had looked over the menu of the day on the chalkboard and pretty much had decided what we were going to have and as we watched the table right next to us being served, we could tell by looking at the plates he was bringing out it was going to be something great and also beautifully presented.

Nancy ordered the chicken ‘Emince de Poulet et la ratatouille fagon crumble’ which was prepared very well with lots of flavor, Nicholas brought a jar of sweet paprika to the table recommending it be sprinkled on the chicken which enhanced the flavor even more. Nancy’s dish also came with a side serving of ratatouille topped with a delightful warm, fluffy cheese. My choice was the gourmet sample plate featuring a taste of all 3 offerings for the day. In addition to the same chicken dish Nancy had, my plate included Duck Pie ‘Effiloche de Parmentier de Canard’ and Lentils with Scallops. Everything was prepared perfectly with complex, interesting flavors and beautifully plated. What made the meal taste even better was knowing that this one person, Nicholas, did it all by himself. Not to mention that in between cooking all of his guests meals he washed dishes, served espresso and desserts and settled up everyone’s bills – I think he should get a commercial contract with 5 Hour Energy Drink or The Energizer Bunny! After our meal Nancy and I shared Nicholas’s sampler dessert plate that consisted of; crème brulee, apple crisp and molten chocolate cupcake, all mini sized and super cute and very tasty – a mini espresso was present too.

We had such a memorable experience at Le Petit Bistrot, if you ever find yourself in Montpellier, France, then you need to put this dining experience on your list. The atmosphere was so pleasing and we really enjoyed and appreciated the eclectic music mix Nicholas had playing and at just the perfect volume. Having spent many years myself working in the restaurant business I know how demanding and tiring it can be, and that’s working with a full support staff, this chef gets a serious feather in his cap for doing it all by himself and doing it extremely well!

Welcome to La Petit Bistrot

Welcome to Le Petit Bistrot

Here was our menu of the day offerings.  Nancy speaks French menu much better than conversational French :)

Here was our menu of the day offerings. Nancy speaks French menu much better than conversational French 🙂

Nancy's menu choice;‘Emince de Poulet et la ratatouille fagon crumble’  Delicious and nicely presented.

Nancy’s menu choice;‘Emince de Poulet et la ratatouille fagon crumble’ Delicious and nicely presented.

How lucky am I, prettiest lunch date ever...and every day!

How lucky am I, prettiest lunch date ever…and every day!

Mikes menu choosing: 'Assiette gourmande du Petit Bistrot'.  French menu translate = a lot of yummy stuff on a plate!

Mikes menu choosing: ‘Assiette gourmande du Petit Bistrot’. French menu translate = a lot of yummy stuff on a plate!

‘Effiloche de Parmentier de Canard’ or 'Duck Pie'.  This is what I was most interested in tasting and it was the star of the meal.  So much so that nancy voted it the highlight also and that is from a foodie who does not like duck -- I reluctantly shared.

‘Effiloche de Parmentier de Canard’ or ‘Duck Pie’. This is what I was most interested in tasting and it was the star of the meal. So much so that Nancy voted it the highlight also and that is from a foodie who does not like duck — I reluctantly shared.

'Lentilles a l' ancienne'.  Theres more to the description but a little hard to read so add Scallops to that and that's what it was.  These Lentils were delicious, so much in fact that it would turn Nancy's father-in-law from a Lentil hater into a Lentil Lover!

‘Lentilles a l’ ancienne’. There’s more to the description but a little hard to read so add Scallops to that and that’s what it was. These Lentils were delicious, so much in fact that it would turn Nancy’s step-father from a Lentil hater into a Lentil Lover!

Mike's chicken and Ratatouille, same as Nancy's.  The sweet paprika sprinkled on top really was a nice addition.

Mike’s chicken and Ratatouille, same as Nancy’s. The sweet paprika sprinkled on top really was a nice addition.

The French love their deserts so we had to try this sweet sampler consisting of Creme Brûlée, Apple Crisp and Chocolate Molten Cup Cake -- All so cute, mini sized and delicious.  Mini espresso was taste too.

The French love their desserts so we had to try this sweet sampler consisting of Creme Brûlée, Apple Crisp and Chocolate Molten Cup Cake — All so cute, mini sized and delicious. Mini espresso was tasty too.

Heres the whole inside of the Bistro.  As you can see very tight working area and if you want to sit inside that's the only table.  Nicholas can be seen in the background filling glass ramekins with delicious Ratatouille for the upcoming dinner service.

Heres the whole inside of the Bistro. As you can see, it’s a very tight working area and if you want to sit inside that’s the only table. Nicholas can be seen in the background filling glass ramekins with delicious Ratatouille for the upcoming dinner service.

Meet Chef Nicholas.  We thank him for a memorable foodie experience while we were in Montpellier.

Meet Chef Nicholas. We thank him for a memorable foodie experience while we were in Montpellier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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