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11929 Ventura Blvd. (Laurel Canyon Blvd.) Send to Phone

Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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: Chef Thomas Muñoz moves down the street from Joe Joe's to open his own place, in the space that previously housed the highly regarded Perroche. The small dining room has been redecorated, now boasting geometric tapestry reflected in the opposite mirrored wall and tables set with white linen and blue glass candle shades. A U-shaped wooden bar anchors the rear of this dimly lit restaurant, which might be characterized as a comfortable California bistro. The menu is filled with intriguing dishes, many of which are executed quite successfully by this top chef. Among them are a rib-eye with a seductive Fourme d'Ambert gratin, scallops in a tangy orange reduction and a crispy-skinned salmon dramatically presented in a delicate chive sauce. Desserts, prepared in-house by Muñoz, are excellent, and tasting menus are very attractively priced at $30 and $38 (includes foie gras) for four-courses. The affable chef works the room when he's not too busy and makes everybody feel like a neighborhood regular.
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