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Stumbled upon this restaurant when waiting for the local motorbike rental place to open up. It's on the top of a hill in the Latin Quarter but has no view to speak of however, at lunch, it was totally pumping. I made a booking for dinner and arrived early at 7pm. The food is good, but not spectacular, just honest French-Polynesian influenced cuisine. It is clearly popular with the locals and was pretty full by 8pm, which produced a great atmosphere, but also some challenges for the wait staff trying to get to everyone. Overall we enjoyed our dinner, with accompanying wine recommended by our waitress.
Came here to dinner based off a locals recommendation and we were absolutely blown away. The food is bsolutrly amazing, very thoughtfully created and with that french flair you simply cannot recreate at home. The owner and his staff are very friendly and personable, helping us with their limited English by showing us photos of their food so we'd understand what we are ordering. Our best dinner in Noumea by far! Make sure you book, this place is very busy and rightfully so.
There are too many 5* reviews these days... Au P'tit Café deserves 6. It seems to be recommended by everyone in Noumea. Our only regret in our two week stay is that we only managed to get here once. It's not cheap, but then nowhere in NC is and actually this place is very well worth it - subtly complex French food finely influenced by the tropical local flavours. Deceptively simple dishes, carefully balanced and skillfully put together - the sort of dishes it would be tough to match at home (you can't say that about many places these days). We had the veal and the mahi mahi - both dishes were excellent. For us the veal pipped it, particularly with the sides which included an artichoke mash. But the menu is short and rotates weekly, so go with a view that anything is good and take your pick. You can't go wrong with the desserts either - the pick of which for me is the passion fruit cheese cake, a constant on the dessert menu - totally sumptuous and divine. Oh, and a very decent wine menu too. It's a small restaurant, has short opening hours and is usually packed. Booking advised.