Diners at Meet are encouraged to share dishes by the on-staff mom trying to raise upstanding progeny. Politely split an appetizer such as cheese fondue (serves two, $14) or Meet's beets, served with goat cheese and honey-champagne vinaigrette ($10). The moules frites (mussels) come five ways, including au Roquefort (garlic, shallots, Roquefort, chives, and cream) and à la moutarde ancienne (tomato confit, mustard, tarragon, and cream) ($10 for the appetizer, $16 for entree). Pair a side of potato gratin or pommes puree ($5 each) with a classic of French cuisine like cabernet-braised short ribs ($22.95). The planche à fromages (assorted imported cheeses, $11) or pot of chocolate fondue (serves two, $12) brings the meal full circle like a Frisbee thrown into the wind. For a traditional finishing touch, try the tarte tatin (puff pastry, red apples, and caramel, $7).
Bistro Laurent shows off authentic French delicacies in its relaxed yet stylish dining space, festooned with elegantly framed vintage photographs. Armed with the bistro’s dinner menu, diners can bid bienvenue to the bavette à la Bordelaise ($14.75), a succulent hanger steak finished in a cabernet and onion balsamic reduction. Or, sink your mouth bones into one of the bistro's signature crepes, such as the Florentine, an edible envelope stuffed with spinach, smoked turkey breast, béchamel, parmesan, and elf wishes ($7.75). On the lunch menu, the biquet salad proudly brandishes its crest, emblazoned with goat cheese, grilled chicken, seasonal fresh berries, and grilled pecans ($5.95). Bistro Laurent's robust wine list offers complements for any meal and high praise for any diner who can correctly identify the tannins in a bottle of merlot.
Inspired by the culture and culinary traditions of Brittany, France, Cr?me de la Cr?pe Bistro specializes in authentically prepared sweet and savory crepes, which are staples of the region. The staff stuffs buckwheat breakfast crepes with combinations of eggs, meats, and cheeses, and dessert crepes?such as the bretonne?come layered with Nutella, bananas, and housemade whipped cream. Hearty pastas, risotto dishes, and specialties such as beef bourguignon join the menu for lunch and dinner, helping guests recover from stressful daytime chores, such as ironing clothes while wearing them.
Because Harajuku's crêpe batter uses sticky-rice powder (mochi), the crêpes are chewy and springy, perfect for noshing on the go or replacing old mattress springs. First, choose a batter (original, buckwheat, Earl Grey, green tea), then approach fresh toppings, including bananas, strawberries, chocolate ice cream, homemade whipped cream ($1 for the first topping, additional toppings $0.50 each), and azuki beans ($1 each). Skew savory with a ham and cheese crêpeurrito ($5.50), or keep it animal-less with a spinach-salad enrapture ($6). Harajuku imports authentic Japanese teas and serves steaming mugwallops of Intelligentsia coffee ($2.50 for a regular).
To say that La Provence Patisserie & Café's pastries are authentic is a gross understatement: pastry chef and owner Farshid Hakim perfected his baking skills at the prestigious Hotel de Paris before bringing his cream puffs, macaroons, and lemon caramel meringue cakes to the states. Now, when he isn't busy making appearances and negotiating cease-fires on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, he stays busy introducing his traditional treats to the hungry customers that flock to his bakery on West Olympic Boulevard. In addition to churning out napoleons and tarts dubbed "exquisitely beautiful" by CBS Los Angeles, Hakim also tempts guests toward a savory menu of quiches, soups, and sandwiches that Gayot calls "impeccable".