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Mike Kilgore May 23, 2001 10:54 AM

Has anyone tried the takeout, (or eaten in), at Clementine? I believe they are across from the Century City Mall just off of Santa Monica Blvd. on Ensley Ave. I had seen a press release sometime back that talked about Annie Miler, formerly of La Brea Bakery and Campanile, opening a gourmet soup, sandwich, salads, pastries kind of place.

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    Rafi RE: Mike Kilgore May 23, 2001 01:14 PM

    IF this is the place I'm thinking of -- bakery n. of s.m. bl -- I randomly stopped in a couple months ago on the way to a mtg. Cute place. Nice wait person. Ginger scone -- rich, buttery, pretty good. Apricot bun -- great!, not L.A.-ish, more 50s/midwestern, in a good sense, kind of like a hot cross bun maybe. Didn't order anything else.

    Hope that helps.

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      JU RE: Rafi Jul 29, 2001 02:02 PM

      I work in Century City and I am so very happy to have Clementine here. I eat there frequently and have had excellent food every time. The staff is trying very hard and it shows. I have had the little ham biscuit several times and I always thought the proportions were correct.

      My favorite dishes include the deviled eggs, the soups, the coconut cupcake, the pan bagnat, the plum breakfast bar, the little ham biscuit, and hum?

      Oh yes, they serve Bitter Lemon and good Ginger Beer. Def. worth going out of your way for

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      Victoria RE: Mike Kilgore May 23, 2001 04:14 PM

      I've had quite a bit of their food, first at a couple of company things they catered (brunch/lunch). Very good sandwiches, cookies. Second, I got their take out Valentine's Day dinner. Delicious. They have a recipe for lentil soup in today's LA Times food section (/23)

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        Tom Armitage RE: Victoria May 23, 2001 08:21 PM

        Great response, Victoria. Of course, I may be biased since I totally agree with you. This is a gem of a place. Annie Miler fills a much needed niche in the Los Angeles food scene. Her skill at baking shows her training with Nancy Silverton. I'm an absolute sucker for biscuits with country ham, and Clementine is one of the few places in L.A. that offers them, for which I'm one grateful guy, even though I wish the ham had more punch. Her apricot buns are totally divine. She clearly has a fine sense of flavors, demonstrated in her soups, salads, and sandwiches. Take out dinners can be ordered in advance from the catering menu. I only wish that Clementine was closer to where I work, or at least on my route from work to home. If it were, Annie's gross income would noticeably increase.

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        Kara Elise RE: Mike Kilgore May 24, 2001 10:22 AM

        Is this the little cafe almost on the corner of SM next to Johnnie's? If it is, I had a somewhat mediocre experience with the one dish I tried there, the chicken salad. The description of it sounded delicious, slightly innovative, and it looked great in the case. It was fresh and was prepared with high quality ingredients. But..... the flavors just didn't jive together. On a 1-10 it was about a 5. I like Whole Foods' Old Fashioned Chicken Salad much better.

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