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Aug 3, 2006 06:35 PM

Unexpectedly Pleasant Dinner at Le Petit Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

Craving Mexican, Mom and I dropped into Casa Vega at 7pm last night and were informed of a 30 minute wait. Too hungry to wait, we walked over to Le Petit Restaurant across the street and down the block, next to the Greek place.

What a surprise! We were welcomed in by the gracious staff with no wait and led to a lovely booth.

Mom and I split a mixed greens salad with baked goat cheese, just perfect. Honestly, I could have done without the candied pear, but the melty goat cheese made up for it. We also split the scallops with mashed potatoes and wilted spinach - delicious and perfectly prepared, plenty to share.

Was it earth shattering? No. But the staff couldn't have been nicer and down to earth. Loved the Parisian bistro setting and Mom LOVED the Charles Aznavour they were playing. And the dishes hit the spot for a lazy Wednesday night.

Oh, and I guess it's now owned by someone of Moroccan decent, so in addition to butter, there were these lovely little spreads served with the crusty bread.

As a native Valley Girl, I can't believe I've never been! So nice to be able to add to the list.

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  1. My kids eat their quite often. SIL is English and he loves the place!

    1. mmm-
      we really like Le Petit-
      delish lamb chops

      I thought it used to be the same owner as Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega.

      and we originally discovered it after a horrendous dinner experience at MAX across the street...

      1. What happened at Max? We love the place.

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        1. re: compucook

          I had been to MAX once before when it first opened and thought it was just OK, but here is the story

          went to Max on a friday night 7 or 7:30 pm for Sister bday about 1 year after it opened (3 years ago maybe)

          crammed 5 of us into a booth for 4, noisy

          slow service, ordered from the not so big menu.

          10 min later, server came out and said that they ran out of one of our entree orders. picked another entree. 10 minutes later, came back and told us they were out of THAT entree too- which 2 others of us had ordered. Not really into any of the other entrees...talked to the host, decided to leave, GAVE US A BILL for the one glass of wine we had ordered and received so far!!!!!
          wanted to throw the wine at the host (but didn't)
          went across the street, had phenomenal mussels and lamb chops, and would never go back to MAX again

          1. re: msmd310

            And I can guess who the "host" was, meaning the other and now former co-owner. Andre would not put up with any of that nonsense, yet Michael could not care who he offended, and you were obviously one of but many that he offended. That was much of the basis for the divorce in the ownership, which took place several months ago.

        2. Suebee, welcome to the 'hood.
          Le Petit Restaurant used to be Le Petit Bistro, and when sold, they just changed the one word.
          However, the place has looked the same for around 6-7 years, while before that it was Jean's Blue Room which was truly depressing.
          They do nice lamb chops, mussels, french fries, merguez sausages, and similar things, much like their predecessors, who btw were also Moroccan. The menu virtually did not change when the ownership did, meaning around 1-1.5 years ago

          And to msm310, if you had problems at Max, go directly to Andre Guerrero and tell him the problem. You will be glad you made the effort. To me, it and the Boneyard Bistro have the most tasty and interesting upper-end food in the valley.

            1. re: David Kahn

              The frites are addicting, yet don't think I have ever had the poulet, as I generally get the lamb chops or the moules frites.