Restaurateurs Leslie and Jean-Jacques Bernat proudly showed me their new French bakery/Bistro and Wine Bar called 'La Petite Provence' which opened on Friday at 255 Smith Street, in the space once occupied by Alan Harding's 'Patois'. I joked with them, that it is nice to finally have real French owners running a real French bistro out of that location.
The Bernats already operate the very successful 'Provence En Boite' just a few doors up at 263 Smith. The new space is cheerful and charming. Much smaller than its big sister restaurant, this new venture has just a couple of tables and a few stools at the counter, but it shares the same welcoming feel. The bistro seems more geared towards grabbing a quick café au lait and a croissant in the morning or a sandwich at lunch.
Jean-Jacques is an excellent baker and pâtissier. The baguettes on the backer's rack looked amazing and the raspberry tarts, which were displayed on the counter, are like little pieces of art.
La Petite Provence is a welcomed culinary addition to Smith Street. I'll stop back there in the next few days to sample some of the tarts, the meringue, the bread and the sandwiches and....
Bonne chance à vous, Leslie et Jean-Jacques.
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