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Church & State

1850 Industrial St. (Mateo St.) Send to Phone
213-405-1434 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The kitchen intelligently applies fine dining techniques to bistro fare to make this restaurant one of the best French bistros in town, really worth the visit to this part of downtown.
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Church & State, Los Angeles, CA

Church & State Restaurant Review

About restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi & the restaurant: Despite the fact that owner Yassmin Sarmadi’s French bistro is located in the heart of downtown, she has successfully established its presence on LA’s culinary map, and diners have been making the trip to its Biscuit Company Lofts digs since it opened in 2008. Sarmadi kept the original brick floor of the former loading dock of the Nabisco factory, with its 1920s look, and complemented it with a large mirror in the back, a bar as you enter, an open kitchen on the opposite side, and strings of lights hanging across the ceiling.

Likes: so French food, so good.
Dislikes: noisy and dark.

About chef Tony Esnault & the food and drinks: The menu, in the hands of fine-dining trained chef Tony Esnault (formerly at Patina), is exclusively composed of French bistro dishes --- it is even written in French. Start with soupe à l'oignon gratinée, steak tartare or roasted bone marrow. The charcuterie is all house-made, such as salmon rillettes with lemon-chive cream. Fish calls for a bouillabaisse or sautéed diver scallops. If you are looking for a good cassoulet de Toulouse, you’ll find it here. Lighter dishes include braised veal breast with celery root purée. Cheeses are presented on a nice wood board and are from France to maintain the French flair. Finish with the chocolate coffee custard or the warm apple galette. The short wine list is composed only with selections from France. You may also ask for a house cocktail, made with fresh-squeezed fruits.

A cute note: The restaurant's patio is perfect for when you dine out with your dog. He or she will even get a bone marrow!

User Ratings & Reviews for Church & State
Average rating    5
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Just Go
by gourmand on Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:10 am
Considering its location it is a challenge for most but take our advise and go. You have an amazing chef with Walter.Food is exactly the way it shoud be and they have cool seasonal cocktails. Friendly staff, overall a warm and fuzzy experince. Can't wait to go back.
An excellent meal with terrific service
by Deb on Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:01 pm
Picking up a friend who was staying at a Bunker Hill area hotel, I was happy to realize we were near Church & State and could easily try this interesting sounding establishment that caught my attention in this Gayot review. We arrived around 8 p.m. to find a full dining room and a couple of people ahead of us. It's not often I see that at such an hour on a week night in Los Angeles. And even if you live downtown, this is not exactly on anyone's way home. It was exciting to see.

I always get excited about a meal when it's clear that the person helping me with my order genuinely loves the food he/she is recommended, and clearly has genuine recommendations. It was immediately evident that the man we were speaking with had great respect for the food he was serving.

As our first appetizer, our eyes went to the Pots de Macon, where we had a hard time choosing from the five options. We selected Terrine de Foie Gras-Foie Gras topped with a port-wine gelee, served with brioche. Finishing the brioche didn't mean I'd let our server take away that cute little jar. Not while there was still a smooth-tasting Foie Gras to be savored.

Our second appetizer choice was the Tarte Flamee-Caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese melted over perfect thin, crisp dough and topped with small chunks of bacon. It had caught the attention of both of us when we first glanced at the menu so as our waiter was suggesting that the thin-crust pizza was well-loved there, I'd been thinking, no, we want this tarte. Soon I realized he was referring to the tartes, so once more we were going with our waiter's suggestion. We were both very happy that we’d tried it. To me it was perfection.

It was difficult to pass up the Bouillabaisse as my main dish, but the Beef Short Rib Bordelaise was calling my name as well. This main dish was a fine boneless strip of melt-in-your mouth meat (about 1" wide, 2-3" tall and about 6" long), served in a light red wine sauce with swiss chard and wild mushrooms. My cut was perfect. I can not imagine a way for the melding of these fine ingredients and the way it was cooked to be any better.

Although dessert was an insane idea after such a large and perfectly tasty meal, we did not resist. Each item looked tasty, but I opted for Pod de Creme us Chocolat with caramel, hazelnut and fleur de sel. I'm a chocolate mousse/chocolate pudding/chocolate cream pie kind of gal. This was my first time having a caramelized chocolate before. Needless to say, I loved it. This was a very nice blend and a perfect end to a meal that was perfect every step of the way.

I am very happy I tried Church & State. I was very well-guided by this Gayot review.

To comment about the surroundings, I was actually there to meet and speak with my dinner companion for the first time. Upon entering the dining room I wondered if it would be too loud. We chose a small table along the wall at the end, and had no problem talking.
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