Big Night Restaurant Group’s newest addition to San Francisco is another hit!
Petit Marlowe, a cute Parisian inspired wine bar and oysterette, opened during the summer just a few blocks from their popular sister restaurant Marlowe. Big Night Restaurant Group already has a plethora of restaurants such as Leo’s Oyster Bar, The Cavalier, Park Tavern, and Marianne’s which is quite impressive. Petit Marlowe’s menu includes a raw bar with caviar, oysters and clams, various crudos, and crustaceans. Their other menu has seasonal inspired bistro snacks, salads, and various toasts.Of course we had to start off with some oysters. We tried a variety coming from California, Washington, and New York. Crisp clean oceany flavors with touch of brininess and sweetness. I loved all the condiments as well especially the melon cucumber mignonette. The sweet corn kernels harmonized with the slightly fatty slices of hamachi. The agretti added a nice crunch as well as salinity. A very simple ocean trout dish but I loved it. The flavors of capers, onions, and aromatic olive oil marry so well together with the fish. The heirloom tomato salad wasn’t what I was expecting but it was a good surprise. It was basically a tomato “soup” and a mini grilled cheese sando on the side which happens to be one of my favorite foods of all time. The tomatoes were extremely sweet and juicy and went beautifully with thinly sliced serrano chilis that added a punch of heat and the crunchy pine nuts. People either hate or love beets and I happen to love them. Golden and red beets make this vibrant vegetable tartare with a touch of harissa, creamy rich sheep’s milk cheese, and fennel fronds on top. Duck and fruit is such a classic combination and this was delicious. Pink tender slices of smoked duck with juicy peach and a sprinkle of basil buds that added a nice zesty freshness. Who doesn’t love avocado toast, am I right?! The nutty seeded toast was piled high with grated carrot, a generous amount of avocado, sprouts, and flavored with dukkah spice (Egyptian blend of nuts and spices).
We also ordered bread and butter (not pictured) and their house made brown butter was scrumptious! Definitely get it.These ice cream sandwiches were stuffed with coffee ice cream and toffee bits. I would have liked the ice cream to be a little more chilled as it melted quickly. The rosé ice cream was actually pretty delicious and not overpowering in terms of the alcohol flavor.
Everything we ate was simple and fresh yet satisfying. If you’re a seafood lover, there’s a plethora of options from the raw bar as well as their other menu. Service was friendly and the ambience was cozy so my overall rating is a 7.5-8/10.