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Where To Eat: Catherine Malandrino Café

Posted: Nov 26, 2008 | by Allan | Comments (0)

Did you know that the new Catherine Malandrino Maison boutique at 651 N La Cienega has a café with a menu prepared by Little Next Door chefs?

I’m guessing the answer to that question is “no,” because it was relatively empty when I ate lunch there yesterday.  I’m not expecting that emptiness to last very long, though, as the food is delicious and the atmosphere is borderline enchanting.   Just off the street itself, but hidden behind a wall of bushes, the majority of the tables sit in the front courtyard.  The menu uses mostly seasonal produce from the Farmer’s Markets and there’s plenty of interesting dishes from which to select.  I had the leek and gruyere tart and my friend had the smoked salmon tartine.  Both were excellent.  There’s a duck foie gras torchon that I’m looking forward to eating sometime soon.

Currently, the café is open from 11am – 6pm, so one can stop for high tea just as easily as lunch.  There’s plans to open a bit earlier as well, which could make my morning stops for coffee that much more convenient.  And, they’re looking forward to getting their wine license, which could make my afternoons much less productive.  Who’s complaining?  Not me.

I’ll add a picture when it’s not raining.

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