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:
La Cachette Restaurant
Been to Le Petit Cafe and was not a fan.
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.
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)
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.