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Comme Ca - Perceptor's Report

finally got the chance to check out David Myers' Comme Ca on Melrose across from Lucques... i really liked the decor of this place and i thought the service was excellent with really friendly staff... les talk food... the appetizers were great.. you cant go wrong with unhealthy items like bone marrow, sweetbread and flambee with lardons (fat bacon).. all yummy.. we also got the moules frites from the appetizer section but there were some not so fresh mussels in the order :-( onto main entrees, pork belly was great (when is pork belly not great??) but my steak frites was not so good... the steak was alittle too "fridgy" for my taste... been camping out in the fridge too long...

Enjoy the photo report - http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=9...

- Perceptor

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  1. Thanks for the great photo report. The pork belly looked wonderful and the little pizza with the lardons and carmelized onions also got my saliva glands working overtime. Finally, the photos of the menu were fantastic (g). I guess getting there early and having such a light, bright interior really makes for perfect "shooting" conditions.

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    1. re: Servorg

      oh yes... gotta love 6:00pm reservations...

      1. Even though my visit was in January, I still drool when I think of the tarte flambee...

        On my visit - the mains were disappointing on my visit. WAY oversalted fish (I had the skate)...

        I sat in one of the 2-tops by the main entry -- very cramped and loud.... their speciality drinks were tiny and pricey... but I'd go back in a second for the tarte flambee!

        1. Wonderful pictures! What camera do you use?

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          1. Very delicious looking pictures! Can't wait to check out their cocktails & that wonderfully cheesy french onion soup!

            ~H.C.
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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            1. re: AquaW

              When I last went to Comme Ca and got the onion soup, I was pretty disappointed. Yes, there was tons of cheese but hardly any onion under the tent of gruyere, just broth. Still, I enjoy Comme Ca enough.

            2. Went last night...cocktails were fine, but at 14 a pop for a thimbleful, I'd pass. Bread/butter was excellent. Escargot were served without shells - pretty tasty, but I missed the traditional presentation. Bone marrow was bone marrow. Bouilebaise was uninspired - the broth was sortof bland and flavorless, seafood was ok, mussels were inedible. The cheese course was solid, but $35 for the "executive plate" - essentially, 6 small pieces of cheese was a tad pricey. Deserts were forgettable.

              I enjoyed it, though I'm not really in a rush to return. Also, the service seems too formal for such a casual place. And $8.00 valet charge is really steep for that neighborhood.

              Still, nice to have a French bistro in LA.

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              1. re: manku

                "...uninspired", "......inedible", "....forgettable"..
                And you enjoyed it! Those French have a mystical power...

                1. re: DeePocketChopra

                  well, funky mussels aren't that uncommon.

                  a lot of liquor, decent eye candy and an evening out without the kids is almost always enjoyable!

              2. Beautiful photography, as always, Perceptor! I love your photo-reviews!

                1. We had an awesome dinner at Comme Ca tonight! We went early (at 5:30 pm) and I can tell that if the place had been packed the noise level would have been horrible. However, with the place only half full, we didn't have any problem. We thought the service was great, and the pace of the meal was just as we had in mind, we were not rushed at all. We had the french onion soup and smoked salmon galette for appetizers, and both were wonderful. I had the beef stroganoff which I thought had excellent flavor, and my husband tried the briased beef and really enjoyed it. I wanted to order a side of the pomme puree that came with his entree, it was truly amazing! We were too stuffed for desert, but I would have liked to try the tart tatin. Maybe next time. We will be back for sure, early dinner again!