Recently opened next to its big brother Cafe Rico, one of the Plateau’s first fair-trade coffee houses, Le Petit Rico is a luncheonette run a one-woman show. Last year, the very amicable owner of Cafe Rico decided to convert his storage space into a funky bistro-style eatery and give Asma, a French chef of Tunisian origin, full reign over the menu, which consists of only several delectable dishes focusing on fish: sesame-encrusted salmon in soy and rice wine vinaigrette with Chinese noodles, apples, shallots and ginger; Basa (a Thai white fish) encrusted in a tomato and basil pesto served with thyme and tomato polenta in a white butter sauce; creamy pearl barley risotto with shrimps, asparagus, spinach and zucchini; a flaky lentil pastry with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes in a reduction of coconut milk and curry served with salad; and finally, a philo dough tart filled with cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and melted goat cheese with thyme. There are also a soup, salad and quiche of the day, and the main courses mentioned above range in price from $8.50 to $12.50. The sole desert is a sinfully sumptuous chocolate melt made with butter, eggs and rich dark chocolate. Le Petit Rico is only open Monday to Friday from 11:30am until 6pm. Cash only.
Le Petit Rico