In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 of fine French dining at Anisette Brasserie in Santa Monica, recipient of many accolades, including LA Weekly's 10 best dishes and Los Angeles magazine's best new restaurants.
Anisette's menu serves traditional French dishes and a wide variety of shellfish from their raw bar in an upscale-yet-relaxed atmosphere. Gallic mouth-voyages begin with hors d'oeuvres, such as the market beets roasted with caramelized goat cheese and arugula with hazelnut dressing ($14), or house smoked salmon ($15). For the main course, indulge your meal sack with a succulent duck confit with baby turnips and potatoes ($24), or choose a plat du jour such as Monday's celebrated duck a l'orange ($28). Anisette has its own écailler (oyster opener) to ensure the highest quality at the raw bar. For a seafood lover dining with a fellow marinophile, the Marquis sampler from the raw bar—scallop ceviche, six prawns, six artisan oysters, and six littleneck clams ($50)—will fill two sea-hungry underwater stomach caves. The magnum opus of the sea, the Dauphin platter, adds fresh Alaskan King Crab and half of a Maine lobster to eight prawns, dozen oysters, six clams, and scallop ceviche ($100).
Celebrated Chef Alain Giraud's traditional brasserie fare matches the Parisian décor of Anisette, guaranteed to make Francophiles experience seizures of atmospheric ecstasy. When you walk in the doors, the poetically-worn mosaic tiles and two-story ceilings will immediately capture your attention, while the lazily-spinning wooden ceiling fans blow you away very gently. Take your date or Siamese-sommelier twin up for a drink at the zinc bar, then slip into a red-leather booth to await the arrival of your feast.
Santa Monica's Anisette Brasserie has generated a lot of media buzz, including write-ups in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Its awards include one of LA Weekly 's The 10 Best Dishes of 2008 for the duck à l’orange, and the number 4 Best New Restaurant in LA by Los Angeles magazine. In 2008, the Los Angeles Times awarded it two stars. Recently, actress Molly Ringwald named Anisette one of her favorite spots in Los Angeles in Los Angeles magazine.
- I'll definitely be back for the splendid seafood platters, a comforting bowl of onion soup when the weather turns cold, and maybe some moules (mussels) or steak frites. Not to mention coffee and a croissant after the farmers market. – S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
- Having lived in France for a long time, I think the food is very authentic. They don’t serve you too much, and I think there’s something to be said for serving the right amount of food. They serve a good boeuf bourginon and an excellent croque monsieur, and a really, really good French onion soup. – Molly Ringwald, Los Angeles
- Excellent food and service. Very, very french [sic]. Fantastic oyster and raw bar. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 5/9/2010
- Our waiter was friendly and attentive, ambiance & food were both great. – Stephanie D., Yelp
- The second I walked in I felt transported to another time, when people built things to last and real craftsmen made them. I sat at the seemingly endless Zinc bar the first time and had a strong Americano and a pain au chocolat, so buttery and delicious I actually felt guilty. The next time I came was for dinner and had a bowl of beef daube that changed my life. It was incredible! – sandypants, Citysearch
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