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Jun 4, 2007 06:47 AM

Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks


For more then one special occasion I’ve gone to Café Bizou in Sherman Oaks usually for a quaint lunch or dinner. This past Saturday I found myself taking part in their brunch menu, a new experience for me.

The menu consisted of a nice looking selection of breakfast items like eggs benedict, and an assortment of salads, sandwiches, and entrees that will also appear later in the day as lunch or dinner options. I settled on the “grilled salmon salad with papaya, grilled red onion and passion fruit dressing” ($10.95).

When the salad arrived I was happy to see the amount of salmon they provided me. On my last visit I had the “grilled ahi tuna salad” which was a bit light on the tuna. This one however was salmon plentiful. Odd however were the slices of papaya and red onion, which tasted fine but didn’t seem ready-made for this salad. The papaya and pile of onions needed to be chopped up instead of just tossed on top. This was probably one of the first salads where I felt like I needed a knife to properly eat it like a salad.

The dressing was another area of contention for me. Described as “passion fruit” I couldn’t taste any such fruit whatsoever. Instead I was affronted with the overpowering sour and acidic taste of what seemed like limes. This was just bad and ended up being inedible. I requested balsamic and pushed this passionless dressing off to the side.

Brunch at Café Bizou was not a good experience for me, which is sad considering I’ve had such a nice time during their other meals of the day. If I ever do find myself back there for brunch in the future, I’ll just stick to the entrees that I’ve already had and enjoyed. Like the “sautéed sandabs,” the “roasted chicken breast,” or the “roast pork tenderloin.”


Café Bizou
14016 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-3536


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  1. Mike, Bizou is way over rated, the main reason it keeps going on and on is because it has a cheap corkage fee and inexpensive prices compared to other great eateries in Sherman Oaks. I really don't care for their bland food , I will take any of the local sushi bars for lunch any day, iwata and the such...

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    1. re: barcelona

      It may be hit or miss but I wouldn't say it's "way over rated." You can do much worse. It's just a nice place with decent food, where I can have a relaxing time with some friends. You're right there is better in Sherman Oaks, and if I picked the place we'd be going there. But if I do find myself at Cafe Bizou I'm perfectly fine and happy to be there.

      1. re: ReelMike84

        Wait a minute! We're planning a post matinee dinner at Bizou next week. What else is comparable in Sherman Oaks? Our reservations are not set, yet.

        1. re: Golem

          I say keep the reservation. You will like the atmosphere and the food.

          1. re: Golem

            Keep in mind that yours will be a post matinee Dinner, not brunch. Dinner they do well enough, but most of the food is bland. Bring your own wine if you can since the corkage is cheap, assuming you want to drink wine. They also have mixed drinks if desired.

            1. re: carter

              I don't find the food bland at all.

              Also consider Cafe Cordiale, Il Tiramisu

              1. re: Diana

                I don't think it's bland. It's a bit pedestrian, but you know what? Tucking into a nice steak-frites or lobster pasta or roast chicken on a night when the wind is whipping through is sometimes just what the dr. ordered. (Okay, the dr. didn't order the steak-frites, I did.)

            2. re: Golem

              Other good options in the area are Max and Il Tiramisu. Also Bistro Garden in Studio City.

              1. re: Golem

                I like CB's 1$ soups and salads. and the 2$ corkage IS pretty clutch.
                Having said that, Bistro Garden does have a beautiful dining room and on certain nights of the week there is a pianist, kinda Nordstrom-y but I like the effect.

          2. We love Cafe Bizou, the food and the price, its our birthday dinner favorite. Never been to brunch though so thanks for the description.

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            1. re: crema

              Me too! Monkfish on lobster risotto!!! Apple tarte tatin! This may be boring to some but my husband loves the roasted chicken. Sometimes a little reliability is comforting!

              1. re: Fru

                Oh YEAH, the roasted chicken is sooo good. The buttery, balsamic reduction on baked crispy skinned chicken is delicious. Some say this is not a destination place. Thats ok. For me, it is though.