Eating Out: Petit Delight, Cleethorpes
FRENCH cuisine is alleged to be among the finest in the world, so my partner and I were bursting with excitement ahead of visit to Cleethorpes’ newest brasserie.
Petit Delight is housed in the former Queen’s pub building on the corner of the boutique-strewn haven that is Sea View Street.
Effortlessly chic, the owners have successfully created a stylishly simple dining room that really feels like walking into a Parisian cafe, but without being over the top (TGI Fridays and Frankie & Benny’s should take note).
A feature wall is decorated with giant black and white photographs depicting scenes around the Eiffel Tower, while the colour scheme is elegant and classy – think muted greys and dark wood furniture beautifully offset by a checkerboard floor.
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The romantic-looking French quotes, which are scrawled elegantly on the walls, are the reason for us trying – and failing – to recall our French GCSEs.
The evening menu here is reassuringly compact, with enough options to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds, but not so many dishes as to make you fear the chefs will struggle to execute them perfectly.
We nibbled on plump, stuffed olives and complimentary bread, while choosing from the extensive wine list, which we were delighted to find included numerous options from Loire Valley, which we toured last year.
My partner couldn’t resist ordering the stereotypically French escargots de Bourgogne en persillade to start – also known as snails in garlic and parsley sauce.
Those who have sampled snails before will no doubt be aware of the lethal-looking implements that accompany them. Served on a circular pot with recesses to hold each snail, one uses a set of forceps to hold the beast in place and then prises the flesh out using a long-handled fork. It was definitely worth the effort as he reported the snails were moist and soft (no rubbery flesh here), while the hefty hit of garlic transported him across the Channel.
I savoured every last morsel of my pétoncles poêlées. Plump pan-fried scallops with pea puree and pancetta is a classic combination and here it was beautifully presented and expertly cooked.
After such a wonderful start to the meal I had a foreboding feeling our mains could never live up to our expectations – but thankfully things kept getting better.
My magret de canard – or Gressingham duck breast – was absolutely exquisite. Duck can so easily become chewy, but here it was left just slightly pink in the middle, which kept it moist. The accompanying braised red cabbage and butternut purée added a slight sweetness to the dish and the rich, creamy mash was a luxuriant treat.
Mr C’s tournedos de boeuf sauce poivre – or 21-day hung fillet of local beef in pepper sauce – was just as incredible. Immaculately served with perfectly-cooked chunky chips and roasted vine tomatoes, it tasted every bit as good as it looked.
After two such fantastic courses, it was music to our ears when one of the trio of friendly waiting staff who served us, commented that desserts are the chef’s speciality.
Keen to sample as many as possible, I chose the trio of mini sweets. The mouth-sized morsels of creme brulee and meringue were impeccable and the chocolate mousse with orange jelly and marzipan was sublime.
My partner’s warm chocolate brownie disappeared just as quickly as it arrived.
Those in search of both authentic French cuisine and meticulously-cooked local produce should look no further.