I had a spectacular meal at Vermont a couple of years ago when Chef Laurent Quenioux was a guest chef for a week. I made note to follow his next move.
Recently had dinner at his 6 month old restaurant, Bistro LQ . It is a pretty room with an elegant, relaxed vibe. Soothing lights highlight a row of white orchids on a cool blue wall. White tables set with blue water glasses echo that color combo . And love the hint of cucumber in the "tap" water. Lovely.
That night the only dish on the menu was Chocroute Garni. Hadn't had that classic French Fall specialty in a long time. And here, it was great.
Feathery, warm -- and not too salty -- sauerkraut piled with a generous medley of sausages including boudin noir, andouillete, slow cooked pork, pork belly and more. Paired with a Gruner Veltliner: Perfect.
Once a month, they're offering One Dish Menus of classic, French Fall meals. Next up in December: Cassoulet.
This is just a tease, though. I fell in love with their impressive cheese cart.
It is an art installation beneath a dreamy cheesecloth:
It is served with delightful a row of tiny jars filled with various condiments including caramelized onions, fig jam, quince jelly, red pepper coulis, and a bowl of hazelnuts:
Loved the tiny fresh baked breads on a skewer, too:
They offer a small, medium and large plate and take direction from you for the picks. We were three and this plate was just right:
The entire restaurant was filled with people speaking French and thoroughly reveling in this fine French fare.
I can't wait to go back and try an assortment of their half portions (what a great idea) off the regular menu ...and end the meal with a selection from that fabulous cheese cart.
8009 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048