From saffron-seasoned dishes to Parisian-inspired cocktails, diners in Missouri welcome this eclectic collection of French recipes.
“Everything that we bring to the table will have some type of thought process with French influence, French roots, something to that matter,” said Bruce Piatek, a chef at The Preston.
Presenting food that’s as aesthetically appealing as it is aromatic, earth-colored plates are accented with bright greens, reds and yellows and delivered to tables in composed portions. But it is before guests even have the opportunity to order that they’re greeted with scents of savory roasted chicken and juicy beef tenderloin, two dishes often found wafting from the restaurant’s open kitchen to its entrance. Diners lucky enough to snag a table adjacent to the kitchen can watch their food being prepared, alongside hand-crafted cocktails from the bar.
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“If (guests) come during mid-service or when there’s some action going on, diners are going to smell scallops being seared, they might smell the aroma of a nice butter skate wing going into the pan, or a veal chop on the grill,” said Piatek.
The seared jumbo scallops are one of The Preston’s most popular menu items, according to Piatek, who said the dish’s meuniere butter topping and side of Peruvian potatoes make it unique. And its fresh artichokes are prepped, made and braised in-house.
“Fresh artichokes definitely have a different mouthfeel, taste and aroma than something that you’re going to buy and open out of a can,” said Piatek, who said this exceptional flavor is the perfect complement to the plate’s signature potatoes.
For the perfect wine pairing to go with your order, the staff is pleased to recommend from its carefully curated list of extraordinary labels, or if you prefer, their selection of beers. They also present an assortment of coffees for after dinner, as well as a variety of juices that pair well with items from their breakfast menu — because yes, you will be back for breakfast.
Dishes like Good Morning, Mr. Preston, made with a flaky croissant, smoked ham, gruyere cheese, arugula, fried egg, aioli and potatoes add elegance to the restaurant’s cozy chic aesthetic, perfect for early weekday mornings and late weekend get-togethers. All that’s left to authenticate your French experience is an order of kir royales (champagne with crème de cassis) for the table, and your taste of St. Louis’ best of France is complete. Bon appétit.
To see their menu, book a table or for more information about their private dining opportunities, visit theprestonstl.com.