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ryoray Sep 22, 2008 03:03 PM

Read the Chow thoughts on the slow service, but saw little information on the food. Can't find the menu on the Anisette website. Read Virbila and Gold for their rec's and will try the onion soup, liver pate, steak tartare, moules frites. . Any thoughts on the duck confit verses the duck a l' orange. My wife loves the old French standards of cooking duck, but hates it when the duck is dry. I wanted to try the sweetbreads or the roast leg of lamb. My kids wanted to see if the steak and frites bring back the favors and memories of our family trip to Paris. . Any food thoughts would be recommended. Our last family meal at Fraiche was outstanding. Big fan of Giraud. Probably have too high of an expectation of the meal. But you can always hope. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

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    sidwich Sep 22, 2008 03:28 PM

    I split the rack of lamb with my father last time I was there and it was excellent. He also really enjoyed the onion soup. Mom thought the steak tartare was very good as well.

    If you're there on a Sunday, skip the lobster gratin. I was having a drink at the bar, and the couple next to me both ordered it and were very disappointed. They said it was very much greasier than they expected.

    If you like dessert, the vacherin glace is one of my favorites in LA.

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      ZoeZ Sep 22, 2008 04:07 PM

      Steak tartare very good; sweetbreads divine but bro-in-law did not care for the sausage and beans - too tomatoey. I told him to send it back and not to suffer because the rest of us were really enjoying the food - and Alain waving from the kitchen and bringing us goodies. Very fun evening. Ask to be seated upstairs.

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        ryoray Sep 23, 2008 09:51 AM

        sidwich and zoeZ thanks for your comments about the food and the seating.
        looking forward to the dinner

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        tangy tart Sep 23, 2008 12:19 PM

        I had the moules frites for lunch this past Thursday. Not sure if mussels are in season right now b/c the dish I had was not too good. Small mussels and a bit chewy. The sauce was a bit too "white winey" for my taste - I'd prefer just garlic and white wine instead. I had the salted meats Charcuterie appetizer- the pate was bland but loved the parma(?) ham. Service was great - very attentive. I went off hours btw lunch and dinner so it was very easy to walk in and get a table.

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          ryoray Sep 23, 2008 01:53 PM

          will avoid the mussels thanks.

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            wilafur Sep 23, 2008 02:14 PM

            well, mussels are technically in season year round as the majority of the mussels consumed is aquacultured.

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            joan doan Sep 23, 2008 02:25 PM

            The duck al'orange is not done the traditional way, it's sliced duck breast with an orange sauce. I'd go for the duck confit. No contest. The special tomorrow is blanquette de veau, a very excellent and wonderful veal stew.

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              yogachik Sep 23, 2008 03:19 PM

              Yes the kids will be reminded of Paris with the steak frites. Theirs is my favorite outside of France. I highly recommend the chicken, too (but for lunch).

              Just got back from France and, technically, the moules are not in season for another 6 weeks or so.

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                Mmm168 Sep 23, 2008 04:14 PM

                I went for Friday dinner at 9p. Had a reservation but still had a short wait. My friend and I didn't mind because the hosts were gracious and the atmosphere was lively and distracting. My friend and I had some very fresh oysters to start (we went with the raw guy's choice). We also got the scallops which were divine and perfectly cooked and the foie, which was tasty on it's own but the accompaniaments didn't pair well. The baguette slices were too hard, the compote was too sweet but the fresh fig quarters were just right. I had the duck confit and thought it was well-seasoned but dry. The potato gratin was lukewarm. My friend got the moules frites which were good but nothing special. The cone of fries were very nice though! We ended the meal with the lavendar ice cream (there's a reason this is their signature dessert--delicious!) and the black forest cake (not to my taste but interesting take on the classic dessert). We ordered a bottle of wine and when the bill showed up, they overcharged us for it. Embarassed, the waiter explained that the Somm had just raised wine prices across the board and our wine list must have slipped through when they were replacing them with the new lists. Of course they gave it to us for the price listed on our original wine list. Great service and wonderful atmosphere overall though!! I'd return many times for a glass of champagne and a quick bite but probably wouldn't go for a full meal again.

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                  ryoray Sep 24, 2008 07:30 AM

                  thanks everyone for the food tips. my expectations are lowered, but still looking forward to the dinner.

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                    exilekiss Sep 24, 2008 09:07 AM

                    Hi ryoray,

                    I enjoy their Beef Daube, Onion Soup, Seafood towers amongst other things. Here are more Chowhounders' thoughts from a previous thread:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529802

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                      ryoray Sep 24, 2008 02:37 PM

                      exilekiss
                      big fan of your writing. thanks for your review.

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