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Laurent Quenioux's Bistro LQ is more of an elegant, peaceful restaurant with fine-dining cuisine than what we would expect from a bistro.
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: The word "bistro" might conjure expectations of simple fare and a bustling atmosphere, but Laurent Quenioux's Bistro LQ is more of an elegant, peaceful restaurant with fine-dining cuisine. The dining room features a sleek décor in light green tones, with white orchids and colorful paintings giving the final touches to the white padded tablecloths and fine silverware. Chef-owner Quenioux has evolved his repertoire since his days operating Bistro K in South Pasadena --- there's a higher level of sophistication in the ingredients and the presentations. The uni on a bed of tapioca pudding with yuzu kocho and Kumamoto oysters in yuzu martini gelée is a perfect illustration of Quenioux's level of execution and just one of several interesting "overtures," as they are called on the menu, that can start a meal. From the main dishes, black bass is served over lentils with a smoked duck wing, morcella, cippolini onion and piquillo peppers, while braised pork offers south-of-the-border flavors of chocolate, achiote and epasote. The cheese cart is a must; selections come with special homemade bread and condiments that might range from truffle honey to green tomatoes and fig compote. The desserts, designed by pastry chef Anthony Huynh, are creative and thoughtful. Diners might encounter whimsical options like a candy bar plate, funnel cake with popcorn sorbet or steamed persimmon pudding with doughnut soup and espresso foam. The interesting wine list emphasizes French labels. The staff is attentive, and we appreciate that the noise level is kept to a minimum and will let you carry on a romantic or business conversation. Take a seat on the patio along busy Beverly Boulevard if you're looking for a more active setting.

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