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Dinner at Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock (review)

pleasurepalate Aug 21, 2006 12:40 AM

For a few years now, I've been hearing about a wonderful restaurant in Eagle Rock called Café Beaujolais. I've even driven by the restaurant more than times than I can count, so when I actually had a free night to just spend time with friends, I suggested Café Beaujolais for dinner and off we went.

From the outside, it looks pretty plain with its brown paneling and green awning, but once you enter, you're in for quite a surprise. The interior of the restaurant is actually very pretty and welcoming. Warm orange-brown walls hung with a variety of French wine-inspired art posters will greet you once you step through the door. The waiters are French, charming and very attentive. While you can hear conversation throughout the restaurant, it's not deafening which allows you the chance to talk to your friends at your meal without having to yell at them.

As for the food, when I opened the menu, I was really surprised with how reasonable the prices were. Appetizers weren't more than $10. All the entrees were under $20 and desserts were only $6.95. Maybe, I've been eating out at too many expensive restaurants lately because it was nice to see that it wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg this time for dinner.

Now on to the meal itself. We started off with large chunks of French bread. I didn't think that the bread itself was that great. It seemed a little hard to me, but hey, I wasn't there for the bread, so it wasn't a big deal. A nice little touch in regards to our water is that our waiter brought us a wine glass filled with water that he would use to periodically fill up our glasses when the water was getting low.

For my starter, I ordered the soup of the day, which was a celery soup. Our waiter made a point of telling us that the soup was not made with any cream or butter. The soup I have to say was amazing. It was thick, hearty and you could definitely taste the celery. This is the kind of soup that I would love to have again with just some French bread for cooler weather.

My entrée was a New York strip steak topped with a large pat of garlic butter and that came with potatoes, beans and small baked tomato. It was cooked just right: medium with the meat retaining its pinkness once I cut into the steak and as I cut into the steak, you could see the juices coming out. I was a very happy camper. I also liked the fact that the beans and potatoes also retained a bit of firmness and weren't over cooked. Mushy veggies to me are just a waste of eating energy. I also took a bite of the Beef Borgionne, that someone else in my party ordered, and that was pretty tasty, too. The meat was quite tender.

Finally, it's dessert time. I ordered their chocolate mousse. This chocolate mousse was rich and not overly sweet. This definitely leaned more towards dark chocolate vs. milk chocolate. Given that I'm a dark chocolate fan, I was more than satisfied with my dessert choice. What I found interesting is that this chocolate mousse version was denser than I've had in the past. It was less creamy, but like I said, I still enjoyed every bite of it.

All in all, I really enjoyed Café Beaujolais and now I'm just kicking myself that I hadn't made my way to there earlier. But better late than never and now that I've discovered it, I'm definitely am going to be a repeat patron.

To see pics, go to:
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The address and info is below:

Cafe Beaujolais
1712 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-5111

Thanks,
Abby

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    eriny Aug 21, 2006 04:23 PM

    Thanks for the update---this is one of my favorite places and i haven't been back in awhile. For an additional treat, it's fun to stop by the Colorado Wine Company just down the street for a glass of wine before or afterwards!

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      nd33x Aug 21, 2006 05:24 PM

      I was just there last night, Sunday. I always get the Halibut, which is incredible. I can't get myself to order anything else, although I always have some of my wife's filet minon, which is also really good. I have been here 4 times in the past 6 months and it never disappoints.

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        Annelise Nov 5, 2006 04:49 AM

        I only order the Halibut. I have tasted everything on the menu thaks to friends and family. I think they need additional T-Shirts that read: "I only come here for the Halibut."

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        Joe Aug 21, 2006 05:34 PM

        I love this place! I'm surprised more people don't talk about this place. I guess that's good; otherwise, it will become too busy and turn away potential customers.
        Every waiter and chef in the place is French but without the typical stereo typical attitude. Some speak better then others but they're all very friendly and eager to satisfy.

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          mchinn Oct 31, 2006 02:12 AM

          I just discovered this restaurant - having just moved back into the neighborhood. Its a great find, I ordered the Halibut & it was very well presented & tasty. But I filled up on the soup & bread before the meal came & could not finish my entree. Love the atmosphere. I will definitely have to come back to take friends & loved ones.

          I did not have a chance to try any desserts - but from what I saw- looked very yummy.

          1. Clare K Oct 31, 2006 03:47 PM

            One of my favorite places! The chocolate mousse is dense because they - unlike many American restaurants that use simple chocolate ganache + whipped cream - use eggs and a cooking method to make the rich, thick mousse.

            Doesn't hurt that most of the waiters are hot and French, but that's just my opinion.

            1. barryc Oct 31, 2006 10:49 PM

              i've enjoyed cafe beaujolais - it seemed like each time i went the patrons were primarily french ex-pats, but haven't been back since the original owners moved on and open bistro de la gare in s. pas.

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                gideon Nov 5, 2006 06:21 PM

                Their bread is complete crap but other than that the food is quite good. The halibut is incredible. The filet was pretty good. And the profiteroles and chocolate mousse also quite tasty.
                But the bread being crap was a bit disappointing in a french restaurant. Although outside of Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland I can't say I've had a great baguette anywhere on the west coast.

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                  marcellammmm Aug 25, 2007 07:31 PM

                  I love cafe beaujolais. The halibut is amazing. Great wine selection with cheap options.

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                    es05902 Sep 2, 2007 04:11 PM

                    Have you been to Nicole's in South Pasadena?

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                      JillPickle Sep 3, 2007 10:15 AM

                      The food (except for the bread) was good. But my meal was ruined by going to the bathroom at the end and passing the men's restroom where the overwhelming scent of the cake bar used in urinals coated my mouth and nasal passages.

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