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Oct 28, 2007 11:52 PM

Best French Bistro on the Westside

Let's hear it people! Favorites include duck confit, pate, coq au vin. Great bread a bonus. I've seen decent reviews for the following:

Amandine Patisserie
Bistro L'Hermitage
La Cachette Restaurant

Been to Le Petit Cafe and was not a fan.

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  1. Not exacly the Westside but I like Mimosa and Pastis.. Both are very traditional in what they offer..

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    1. re: Foodandwine

      here are the links..

      Mimosa Restaurant
      8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      Pastis Restaurant
      8114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      1. re: Foodandwine

        what do you mean not exactly the Westside - how far west do you have to go?

        1. re: slimkit

          Minimally La Cienega as the furthest east, yet many will tell you the BH city line, or worse yet, the 405. Interpretations do vary!!!

      2. Pastis and Comme Ca.
        Had the duck at comme ca last Thursday and it was sensational. Melrose just east of La Cienega, just opened a week, and owned and operated by David Myers of Sona.
        Here is my post on the subject:
        Don't like Mimosa at all - gone waaaay down hill in past few years.
        Don't feel Cachette is a bistro at all, but a French fine dining restaurant.
        Amandine to me is more of a bakery/cafe, not exactly my definition of a bistro either, although good at what they do.

        1. I've only been to Amadine for breakfast. It's nice but not spectacular. You would probably do just as well at Coral Tree Cafe or Literati II.

          I didn't think much of Soleil- everyone raves about it. My boyfriend ordered the coq au vin and was really disappointed- to him this is the signature dish for a French bistro and he thought it tasted like a microwaveable dinner. (Okay, maybe a little better than that, but you get the idea) The waiter raved and raved about the french fries, and well, they were french fries and not particularly good ones. (on the limp side and not that well flavored)

          1. So looks like I'm out of luck? I will try Mimosa & Pastis but are too far to make my regular spot.

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            1. re: ElJeffe

              I wasn't thrilled with Le Petit Cafe either and was hoping you'd get a great rec on the westside. This won't help you now, but I vaguely recall reading somewhere that a bistro or brasserie is opening soon in Santa Monica. Maybe someone has more info on that....

              1. re: whatsfordinner

                Alain Giraud will be opening a brasserie on Santa Monica Blvd. near the Third Street Promenade (however, the Fall opening previously promised seems unlikely). If we are lucky, he will include his incredible daube on the menu. In the meantime, Chez Mimi, suggested by Juji, can certainly satisfy some of your cravings.

            2. I haven't been there in ages, but there's Chez Mimi in the Brentwood area.