Thank goodness for Yelp.
My friend Jewels and I were looking for a place to feast and catch up in the Mountain View area, and she came across Le Petit Bistro on Yelp. If you frequent the downtown Mountain View area you’ve probably driven by a hundred times without realizing it. This little french restaurant doesn’t really seem like a restaurant when you first walk in. Sure there are tables set up and such, but it had a very homey feel. Plus since we were the only ones there when we arrived, it was nice and peaceful for us to catch up and talk.
The waitress that served us was super nice and very friendly. She gave us wine suggestions and throughout the whole meal was very attentive to our needs. I definitely give them an A+ in the service department. There were also a good number of selections on the menu as well as a board with specials of the week.
Normally I would get the french onion soup for appetizer just because I have a thing for it, but I decided against it and the two of us shared the crab tart, which was a special appetizer of the week. There were little bite sized hors d’oeuvres with baked crab meat inside a flaky tart crust. Although small, it was quite delicious. It had a lot of good flavor and nothing overpowered the crab. It also wasn’t overwhelming to a point where it would make us too full for the main course.
And as some of you may know, I always get the duck when its on the menu, and this time was no different. I ordered the Demi Canard Roti a l’orange (Roasted crispy half duck with a tangy fruit sauce). There were two huge duck legs in the entree, which was surprising because restaurants usually don’t offer that much duck in their dishes. When I first cut into the crispy skin, we heard crackling (what an amazing sound). The duck was good, but I think in order to get the skin that crispy, they had to roast it for a little longer than needed so the duck meat was a tad bit overdone. However, it was still acceptable and it didn’t ruin the dish. In addition, the “tangy fruit sauce” was actually quite sweet, and I definitely tasted plum/apricot in it which made is super delicious. The sauce gets an A+ and I want to learn to make it.
Overall it was a very delightful meal and I’m glad I got to try this place out since I would probably never have known it existed if it wasn’t for my friend searching through Yelp. It has inspired me to look for more little gems around the Bay Area so look out for those!