Friday, November 19, 2010

Cafe Provencal

If you're looking for a cozy spot to enjoy French comfort food a good spot to consider is Cafe Provencal in Kirkwood.
Eddie Neill has created a warm environment with a really nice menu and wine list that's affordable and very tasty as well.

We were there last night and enjoyed our visit alot. It happened to be a wine tasting party night and the place was jammed. Since my Honey is a non drinker we didn't partake of the wines and the amazing buffet of foods that were available to the participants, but it sure looked good.

However, we were well taken care of by the staff.  We had a lovely table in a quiet alcove, an attentive waiter, and a responsive kitchen.

I had a really cold, crunchy and well dressed Caesar Salad to start, and Chuck had his favorite Escargot. The menu describes the dish as follows," Six Naughty Little Snails, Swimming Naked in a Pool of Fennel Garlic Butter." I think the word "naked" does it every time-no shells to wrestle with, the snails are served in a round snail dish with six round depressions filled with these very nice sized snails and plenty of that delicious fennel garlic butter that can be sopped up by the excellent bread that is on the table.

For dinner Chuck had Poulet DeBergerac,Chicken Breast in Puff Pastry and White Wine Cream Sauce.  I had Porc Grille Poivre Verte which consisted of Grilled Pork Loin with Green Peppercorns and Red Wine Reduction.  Both entrees were served with a medley of broccoli, carrots and asparagus.  This is homey, delicious food that was perfect on a cool Autumn night.

We opted for the 3 course dinners at $34 per person.  Dessert was our next choice.  I had a wonderful, soothing Mousse au Chocolat with Creme Anglais and my husband had the Creme Brulee. 

This is a pleasant and peaceful place to have a really nice dinner and actually be able to talk and hear your companion(s), and relax.

Cafe Provencal
427 South Kirkwood Road


  1. "Porc Grille Poivre Verte" Excuse me but we speak "poivre vert" ;-) but in the plate is the same!

  2. Thanks for the correction! I copied it off the menu. Vive la France!

  3. I think I'll have the Caesar salad and the Porc Grille, Boo. Just reading your post makes me hungry. And all we have for dinner tonight is marinated chicken breast (marinated by Schnuck's, of all things). Mary Lee and I love Provencal. She's a big snail fan (aka escargots). I like almost anything there. What a nice situation: this very fine restaurant (food, service, ambience) is only a couple of miles from our house. If I was a rich man, we'd have dinner there twice a week. Thanks for the reminder.