Lunch time at La P’tite Maison

When I arrived in Luxembourg, 10 years ago, the Theatre de l’Opera used to be one of my favorite restaurant and I link to it some of the most memorable moments of my first period in the Gran Duchy. After several years, and several different management’and names’ change, I came back to this stylish and cozy house in the Rollingerground that now takes inspiration by its location and it is called La P’tite Maison.

I heard already great things about it and wanted to try it since long time. We took the occasion for a lunch in town with Patricia. I got there around 12.30 pm and was taken to my table in the small side room. The décor is still sophisticated but classic. I love the unrefined parquet and the wooden ceiling. Tables are not wide, but still you don’t feel suffocated.

I waited for Patricia in front of a glass of cremant and, when she arrived, we went for a pissaladière Nicoise, a tasty tiny focaccia with onions and olives, as starter, followed by a cod with cherry tomato and olives for me and a beef filet with pepper for her. I paired my meal with a Chardonnay that was one of the best wine at the glass I honestly had recently.

What I liked about La P’tit Maison:

  • Place is very cozy, still one of my favorite in town for location and ambiance, either to meet your friends, either for a romantic break. I can definitely say this corner is very different from whatever restaurant in the city and decors are cared in details.
  • Food was still classic but not boring. Finally a place where the available choices for a business lunch are taken aside from the “standards” and the quality and taste of food came first – before the odd ingredients and the alternative presentation. Well done.
  • Service was definitely on point. Present but not stressful, I was offered a refill of my glass when Patricia joined – some other places would have asked: do you want another glass, Miss? And then we were given our time to lunch and chat, no rush.

Things I liked a bit less about La P’tit Maison:

  • I love strong tastes, but my fish dish was definitely too much on the garlic side, really. Happy I did not have any meeting or date in the afternoon 🙂
  • Our room, in a grey day, was very much dark. When we moved back to the entrance it seemed I just waked up. At lunch time and going toward the cold season, I appreciate a brighter atmosphere. It should be definitely better in the evening.
  • This is not a cheap place. While I did not feel we overpaid for what we had – aperitif, glass of wine, starter and main on the daily menu and coffee for a bit more than 50 euro each, I would include a visit for dinner under the high-end category.

In conclusion: The location of La P’tite Maison is one of my favorite in town, preserve the intimate aura of the original “small house”, evolving on a culinary journey through strong but classic tastes. I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion as a lovely and delicious alternative to the classic gastronomic places in the city.

A delicious hidden gem: I Quattro Mori, Hollerich, Luxembourg

Yesterday night I had a date with my friend Fede and we wanted to have a quiet good dinner with no stress. So, with no reservations, we decided to go to a restaurant called I Quattro Mori.

This tiny Italian restaurant has typical Sardinian kitchen and opened just few months ago at the end of rue de Hollerich.

The location is not definitely fortunate, you must head there on purpose rather then passing just in front and deciding for trying, but, despite the surroundings, it definitely deserved the visit.

We were the only customers yesterday night when arrived, but for sure this was not a problem for us, as we wanted to have some girls gossip – and I start to be too old for packed restaurants!
The location is clean, essential, bright – personally I did not find it “sad” as in some reviews I read around and, honestly, I  prefer this kind of minimal ambience, coordinated with a wall full of wine, than some tacky settings with Alberto Sordi’s posters and red and white checked tablecloth – de gustibus.

I took few times pizza on Foostix.lu website from I Quattro Mori (this was the last one), so I was feeling quite safe to order the same.

We ordered a glass of Vermentino wine checking the menu, and, while already settled for the pizza, the owner tempted us with the daily chef suggestions, so we went instead for spaghetti with ricci and bottarga (sea urchin and fish eggs), anticipated by a mixed Italian starter.

The quality of the raw material was outstanding. The charcuterie was accompanied by pane carasau and focaccia. The main dish was a huge savory portion. We concluded with an espresso and the owner offered us a glass of mirto.

The dinner was definitely better than expected – we went out for a pizza and we ended up having some really special dishes..

The food was truly Italian and they have some Sardinian products, like, as said, pane carasau and mirto – that you don’t find else where.

For sure: the place is new and it is in Hollerich area, so don’t expect the fashion queu of Clausen. But if you prefer eat well than being in a posh mess, this is the place you would like to try.

Personal hint: trust the owner’s daily suggestions.

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