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Best sole meunière in LA?

cinefoodie Jan 23, 2014 07:34 AM

I've enjoyed it at South Beverly Grill (http://cinefoodie.com/julie-julia-sou...) and heard Musso and Frank's and Comme Ca have solid renditions. Where else?

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  1. Servorg Jan 23, 2014 08:04 AM

    Le Petit Jardin http://www.lepetitjardinbistro.com/

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      Servorg Jan 23, 2014 08:37 AM

      One other option. Cafe Stella http://cafestella.com/ @ Sunset Junction.

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        Johnny L Jan 24, 2014 11:42 PM

        I had it at Stella some time back and it was terrible. No seasoning and overcooked.

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      whiner Jan 25, 2014 05:08 AM

      Assuming you are looking for true Dover Sole as opposed to one of the several types of Pacific flatfish that are called sole around these parts, I assume Gulfstream has much the same dish as South Beverly Grill -- it doesn't specify how they prepare it on their menu, but it is the same fish. The Grill on the Alley has pretty close to the real thing with real sole.

      I've had several non-meuniere preparations of Dover Sole in L.A. including my favorite dish in LA, the (revolving preparation) sole at Melisse.

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        josephnl Jan 25, 2014 07:48 AM

        Although, of course, Dover sole can be made with sauce meunière, most French restaurants that serve sole meunière use a less expensive sole such as (on the west coast) petrale sole, lemon sole, etc.

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          cinefoodie Jan 25, 2014 09:01 AM

          I was referring to true Dover (Atlantic Sole), although sadly, I heard it was no longer sustainable. But now I'm intrigued. What's your favorite prep at Melisse?

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            Baron Jan 25, 2014 11:47 AM

            The Grill on the Alley in BH does a very good Dover Sole - the real thing imported. I like to get the whole fish and debone it myself. Not to be confused with cheap fish labeled sole or Dover sole.

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              maudies5 Jan 25, 2014 12:03 PM

              I have had beautifully prepared Dover Sole at Vincente

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                whiner Jan 25, 2014 06:32 PM

                >The Grill on the Alley in BH does a very good Dover Sole - the real thing imported.<

                Same thing for Westlake Village, which is the one I go to. It is *almost* sole meuniere in its preparation ;-)

                >Not to be confused with cheap fish labeled sole or Dover sole.<

                For home cooking, I often get "petrale sole" when it is available and very fresh. Obviously it isn't amazing the way I sometimes find true Dover to be, but it can be very very good and unlike most of the other flatfish that are labelled as sole ("lemon sole", "Pacific Dover sole", etc) it can stand up to various cooking techniques.

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                whiner Jan 25, 2014 12:14 PM

                Right now it is (prepared tableside):
                Truffle Crusted Dover Sole
                Potato Gnocchi, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Bloomsdale Spinach, Brown Butter Chardonnay

                It is always truffle crusted and pan roasted the same way, but the rest of the sauce changes slightly with the season and what is available.

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                  cinefoodie Jan 25, 2014 05:12 PM

                  Thank you, whiner, for the detailed description. It sounds absolutely wonderful. I look forward to trying!

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                    whiner Jan 25, 2014 06:11 PM

                    You're welcome. By the way, I always import it into the fish course as opposed to the main course and they never have a problem with that...

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                      whiner Jan 25, 2014 06:19 PM

                      Also, by the way, probably an excellent preparation, though not certain I'd go there for it, but I notice CUT has true Dover sole meuniere on the menu.

              3. Baron Jan 25, 2014 12:50 PM

                Tanino in Westwod also does a good Dover sole.

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