L'Entrecote style steak frites in LA?
I was reading a recent thread titled, "French restaurant with a great steak?" and now I can't stop thinking about a trip to Paris a couple of years back when we had the steak at Relais de l'Entrecôte Saint Germain.
The restaurant only serves one dish - a steak frites in a mustardy creamy herby sauce. Apparently there are several restaurants operated by the same family that serve this dish. Is there anything close to it in LA?
Here's the wikipedia entry on the restaurant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'En...
Ahhh, l'Entrecote, where their only question is: "how do you want your meat?"
There is really nothing like it in LA as far as I know. These are two very difficult items to find done well. Fries? well, good luck in LA. Less expensive beef that is still good? I am still looking. There is a recent thread however on fries, can't seem to find it though.
Years ago I went to La Frite in Sherman Oaks and they had NY steak with frites. You might want to give them a call and ask about their sauce. I'm sure La Frite is not a favored CH spot because I've never seen it mentioned.
15013 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
In San Francisco on Union Street there was Cafe de Paris L'Entrecôte, which was in some way related to the famed Paris L'Entrecôte, however they're now closed.
Did you know there WAS an L'Entrecote on Wilshire Blvd in LA. I ate there sometime in the mid-1990's. It's not there anymore. I also used to live in Paris and have eaten at the original Relais de Venise many times. The salad/steak/sauce/fries was the same. The had a piano in the restaurant, like they have in the L'Entrecote in New York.
I've had steak frites in Paris and elsewhere in France. But the best I ever had was from room service several years ago at the Mondrian. Don't think it had the particular sauce you speak of, but it was sauced and very tasty. On reflection, I think it was a peppercorn sauce.
Just got back from having a wonderful meal at L’Assiette on Melrose. Friendly service, cozy room, and really delicious food. Although I had the salad to start, I tasted the sorrel soup and thought it was exceptional. The steak was tender and flavorful and the fries were perfectly crisp. I loved the accompanying sauce as well, although it sounds more like an espagnole sauce than the one described above. And being served the second half of your portion after you are done with your first feels somewhat wonderfully gluttonous and civilized at the same time. I would most certainly return.