ADVENTURE: Checking out Marlowe’s new sister restaurant, Petit Marlowe! // CRAVE: That avocado toast!
Feel like a quick trip to Paris? Head to SoMa and step inside Petit Marlowe, where you’ll be instantly transported.
The Big Night Restaurant Group‘s Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas and design maestro Ken Fulk have done it again—this wine bar and “oysterette” is a Parisian dream, complete with gorgeous vintage street lamps, perfectly pink leather booths, and an antique bookcase holding all the fine wines you could fancy.
Taking inspiration from its big sisters Marlowe and Leo’s Oyster Bar, Petit Marlowe offers a range of small plates imagined by chef Jennifer Puccio including deviled eggs, charcuterie, escargot, tartare, and a luxurious raw bar. Not to mention an avocado toast that will knock your socks off.
Whether it’s a sexy date or girls night out, you’ll fall in love.
Step inside and find a seat at one of the intimate booths. The cozy wine bar decor easily induces meaningful conversations while you imbibe on oysters and rosé.
Petit Marlowe’s impeccable Parisian-inspired decor was created by legendary designer, Ken Fulk in collaboration with the owners, Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas.
The service at Petit Marlowe is perfection—elegant, effortless and enhanced by a bounty of food and beverage knowledge.
Start off with a few small plates such as ribbons of summer squash and pickled red onion over a spread of herbed ricotta with a splash of lemon vinaigrette.
Petit Marlowe offers three different types of delectable deviled eggs, such as the Spicy Porc with bruléed lardo, chives, and ‘Nduja egg filling.
Chef Jennifer Puccio creates a stunning twist on your everyday avocado toast. Generous halves of sliced avocado are layered atop a blended spread of shredded carrots and yogurt, then topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and dukkah spice.
Petit Marlowe offers three different tartare options featuring scallops, beets, or beef. The Côte du Bœuf, pictured above, blends finely diced beef and mushrooms with truffle, lemon, and a hint of black pepper for a truly decadent appetizer.
On the oysterette side of things, Petit Marlowe has an extensive raw bar menu with items like this delicious Red Seabream crudo with sweet corn and fresno chili.
A few glasses of fine wine, open-faced sandwiches, and small plates of seafood make for the perfect light evening meal.
Much of the decor was discovered by Fulk, Weinberg, and Nicholas during a two-week trip to Paris, digging through flea markets and antique stores. An antique bookcase from their journey now creates a fantastic backdrop for their wines and champagne.
And what would a Parisian wine bar be without cheese? The soft ripened cow cheese is paired with halved tomatoes and purslane, offering deliciously contrasting flavors and textures.
Squares of Essex Feta cheese provide a salty contrast to refreshing cubes of melon over a pool of acacia honey.
Oysters for days! Enjoy from several types of oysters with different house sauces for the perfect small bite.
No raw bar would be complete without a plump shrimp cocktail or Dungeness crab bites.
The chic, intimate booths are embellished by light pink leather, inspired by the same material used in Coco Chanel’s driving gloves.
Of course, no visit would be complete without an elegant dessert. Savor the delicious rosé ice cream, a flavor created in collaboration with Scribe Winery and Smitten Ice Cream.
Enjoy all of the original touches, like various hanging vintage kitchen utensils that enhance the Parisian atmosphere.
If you’re in the mood for a real treat, order a bottle of the newly released Big Night Bubbles, a special champagne made for the Big Night Restaurant group and just released to all of their restaurants. The brut rosé offers the perfect sweet bubbles to end any meal.
This article was originally written and photographed by me for 7×7 and can be viewed here.