Auberge du Petit Prince

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the feedback on my last post about graduation and finding my passion – it was great to hear all about your experiences too. One thing I didn’t mention in the post though was the amazing dinner we had after Sunday’s ceremony. We went to Auberge du Petit Prince to celebrate not only my graduation, but also Father’s day for my grandpa and dad, and my dad’s birthday. Clearly we had a lot to celebrate!

I ate at Auberge du Petit Prince for lunch a few years ago, but that was before I started blogging so I don’t really recall my meal. I remember enjoying both the food and the atmosphere though, so I was excited to go back.

The restaurant is divided up into different rooms, and we were actually lucky enough to have a whole room to ourselves for our table of six (me, my parents, my sister, and my grandparents).

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Before our meal our we were brought out some bread and house marinated olives. I pretty much demolished those olives – sorry family!

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My meal choices were pretty predictable for me. I had the beet and goat cheese salad to start – I seriously love that flavour combination and I almost always order it if it’s on a menu. I liked that they used some different varieties of beets in this salad to make it more unique.  There was even a pickled beet on top, which was an interesting contrast. I think it could have used a bit more dressing, but otherwise, it was great.

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I had the salmon for my entree, which came with a delicious pesto butter that melted over the hot fish shortly after it was served to me. Yum! I also really liked the herbed quinoa with cranberries that it was served over. The salmon was supposed to come crusted in pistachios, but obviously I had to ask to have that left off. I don’t think the flavours suffered too much without it though.

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For dessert I wanted to order either the chocolate orange cheesecake or the tarte tatin, but our server informed me that neither were safe for my nut allergies. In fact the only safe dessert was their crème brûlée, which I wasn’t in the mood for. I was pretty disappointed.

So I made plans to meet a friend for fro yo later, but that didn’t happen either because we got hit with a bad storm with heavy rain, hail, and a tornado warning. Yikes! Apparently the universe didn’t want me to have dessert that night. Even without the dessert, it was still a great meal though!

However, the highlight of the night wasn’t actually the food, it was the graduation gift my grandparents gave me.

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When I was a toddler at the park with my grandma, I found a rock and gave it to her. I told her it was a magical rock and that she had to keep it forever and ever. So she did, and she had it made into a necklace for me for graduation. I was so surprised and touched! It’s a great reminder of all the support my grandparents have given me, academically and otherwise. And of course my parents and sister have been equally wonderful sources of support over the years. I was so happy to be surrounded by all five of them at my graduation!

What dish do you almost always order if it is on a restaurant menu?

What is the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received?

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  1. That’s such a sweet present from your grandparents- it’s always the sentimental ones that mean the most :)! Auberge Du Petit Prince sounds fabulous- I especially love the name! Like you, I almost always order salmon when it’s on the menu. It’s not a local fish so we rarely buy it at home…gotta make up for that when the opportunity presents itself!

  2. Adorable necklace! That’s sweet. Congrats on graduating!

    That restaurant looks lovely. Great ambiance and presentation.

  3. O girl your grandma’s gift is amazing. I would have cried at how thoughtful that was!! This restaurant sounds really good, sorry about the dessert! When I read the title of this post I thought about the french story Le Petite Prince lol

  4. I love this restaurant and the rooms are gorgeous. That gift from your grandparents is so touching

  5. That has seriously got to be one of the sweetest gifts I’ve ever read about. Omigoodness… Talk about getting that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. And girl… you know I’m completely feelin’ ya on the dessert. SO annoying when those pesky allergies get in the way, but it’s great to hear that you ended up having such a good time anyways :)

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    I think beet anything is pretty much gonna taste good, so not surprised that beets+goat cheese make such a good combination ;)

    The necklace is so precious! It’s the thoughtful gifts that count!

  7. That is so amazing of your grandma!

    I believe beets + goat cheese is maybe the best food combination there is.

  8. Oh my goodness, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of such a beautiful gift :) You have quite a special set of grandparents from what I have seen, and I love that you appreciate them so much! That meal sounds heavenly…I love pesto butter on anything and everything :P Boo for no dessert, though…I hope you make up for that with something tasty this weekend ;)

  9. I can’t even believe how sweet that was of your grandparents, that’s seriously so cute.
    And I’m jealous you guys ate at Auberge, I always seek them out at the Food and Wine Show because I love their stuff so much. Your meal sounds awesome! Sucks about the desserts though, they do great ones…I’m pretty sure the chef has a cake business on the side. Buuut you’ll just have to make sure to get some froyo (or one of those fabulous Kelly’s cupcakes) in this weekend ;-)

  10. Congrats on graduating! That is such a sweet gift :) I love sentimental gifts and now you’ll always have that memory.

  11. Beets. I can never NOT order the beets. That gift is so incredibly sweet. I love it!

  12. what an adorable/awesome gift!!! and you know i’d be all over that beet + goat cheese combo!!

  13. Haha, a bowl of olives is never safe around me. I. Will. Demolish. It. Are you still in London?? I am actually sitting in Organic Works Bakery as I write this. Awesome place!

  14. Wow that is such a unique and thoughtful gift! That must have been touching. I am so bad at receiving gifts, I probably would have been speechless. I got a neckless for my graduation from my parents, which actually meant a lot to me because they picked it out without me knowing. Usually they are the type to just give money, but I had been pleasantly surprised. Your meal looks delicious!

  15. That is SUCH a sweet present!! Thoughtful presents are the best!!! The one bummer about vegan is the whole dessert issues – especially since I love me some dessert. Unless I’m near Kelly’s, then the problem is solved ;) haha

  16. I really wish I liked salmon. What a sweet gift! It’s always nice to get presents that have a meaning attached.

  17. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Oh my gosh, what a sweet gift AND such a heart-warming story! Awww! The best gifts are the ones that come from someone you know has put a lot of thought into it because it’s always the love that you feel the most!

    That salmon dish looks/sounds fantastic! I’m pretty unpredictable when it comes to ordering at restaurants, but I have to say I’m drawn to seafood more since I don’t cook it much at home…specifically scallops, halibut, and oysters! Oh and I love anything with fresh fennel (the man-friend hates it, but I can’t get enough!)

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