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extremely short review of La Frite (sherman oaks)

had dinner there tonight.
1) salad nicoise --passable
2) brochette of scallops and ono -- not passable

3) bottle of sancerre very good.

the best part of this meal was the service. they were very kind about letting us take up table space for a long time. didn't rush us. attentive. very pleasant. water glasses always full. bread basket kept full of warm bread.
also, the interior of the restaurant was very comfortable and it was a more-than-pleasant place for old friends to take their time catching up. the booth seating was very comfortable and roomy.

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La Frite
15013 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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  1. Did you happen to look around and see the portion size of a bowl of mussels and the accompanying fries?
    Heard it is not so large as it used to be, yet moules frites used to be my go-to item here.
    And lastly, were they busy?

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    1. re: carter

      sorry, didn't look around.
      they were not at all busy.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Glad to hear they have a good Sancerre. Something fairly rare these days.
        Maybe Bastille Day?!

        1. re: carter

          i so rarely get to the valley for this type of restaurant, that i have no idea about what "normal' is like there.

          the restaurant that usually pulls me through the sepulveda pass is itzik hagadol; but last night's focus was on having a nice, unhurried, environment that served good wine and non-ethnic food.
          itzik hagadol would not have worked, la frite did the job.

    2. Was there last night catching up with friends. While the room was nice and we had the only round table to hold 5. That seemed to be the best part of the meal. Our waitress seemed nice, but was rushed. Food was actually not that great. The Pate was actually very good, cheese board was small, while the nuts were good, the cheese portions were very very small. Had the Steak Frite. Gosh if they cant get this right what can they do.. Fries seemed from a Bag. My Ore Ida ones are better at home.. The flavor of the steak was not that great. Perhaps if the owner spent as much time in their restaurant, rather than hyping on Yelp we would all have a better experience. I am a fan of French Bistro food and this place failed.. Best part was getting together with friends. Caveat, I guess there is not that much in the Valley to compare with. Gordon, you need a revisit!!

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      1. re: Foodandwine

        Gordon does not need to revisit - he is the one who caused the changes in the first place. Used to be better before the changes.

        1. re: carter

          For once, I agree with carter. GR's changes were terrible. He tried to turn it into an overpriced French bistro when it had been a neighborhood lunch and dinner place with some French dishes (moulles frites, pate, ratatouille). Their fries, actually, used to be fantastic.

          My family had been regulars at La Frite over 30+ years, but have only gone twice since the redesign in Jan 2011.

          1. re: Jwsel

            La Frite was open as Yellowfingers when Gordon Ramsay was a mere laddie. I was eating their ratatouille crepes with delight when he was still a schoolboy! For a local, family-owned restaurant to be in business in Los Angeles county as long as La Frite has been is an accomplishment. La Frite has a devoted following and didn't need Ramsey's "help."

      2. Can anyone compare the experience at the Sherman Oaks store to that at the Woodland HIlls store? Years ago I went to the Woodland Hills location many times, but not at all recently. I wonder if the same changes were made at the WH location as those made at the SO location.

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        1. re: ozhead

          Went to the Sherman Oaks store shortly after the Ramsey remodel; while we were waiting for our friends to arrive they texted us and said the prices were way out of their reach and to meet them somewhere else - found that the mains in the region of $25-32 made me agree. Earlier this year went to the Woodland Hills store and had a terrific lunch, really Frenchy, good service, stunning escargots and delicious crepes, it was like SOaks before Ramsey. and its on our list to meet west valley friends.