Start a romantic evening with a Dungeness crab cake with aioli, caper, lemon, and coleslaw ($15) and a bowl of the soup of the day ($10). Eye entrees like the soft and succulent roasted half chicken with fingerling potatoes, haricots verts, mixed wild mushrooms, and pearl onions ($24) and the braised short ribs with polenta, Swiss chard, and salsa verde ($25). Complete the circle of life by burying your fork in a slice of key lime pie with guava puree and mango sorbet ($10) or the chocolate chocolate chocolate trio ($16), whose richness is so deadly it was, until recently, banned by nonproliferation treaties. If you've recently cycled through Fraiche and think you've tasted it all, try the new lunch menu. The chopped salad with Italian cured meats, tomato, provolone, and chick peas ($13) and the Moroccan lamb sausage sandwich with harissa aioli ($13) offer just the right noontime spice-kick to erase your morning malaise.
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.
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).
While most celebrities are allergic to human food, the few that aren't often frequent restaurants with fine, upstanding cuisine and drink. Today's Groupon gets you $70 worth of fine, upstanding cuisine and drink at SUR Restaurant and Bar off Santa Monica Boulevard for $35. Enjoy a slice of ritzy West Hollywood celeb glammo surrounding international dishes and a full bar.