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La Brasserie Bistro & Bar Restaurant Review: French restaurants are few and far between in the arid California desert. But tucked away in a corner mini-mall at Highway 111 and Washington Street is this charming Parisian-style bistro. While you won’t be gazing at the Eiffel Tower from your table or taking a post-meal stroll along the Seine, your palate will certainly feel as if it’s embarked on a culinary journey. Chef/owner and Brittany native Emmanuel Janin offers a seasonal menu using plenty of locally sourced ingredients. Signature dishes include vodka gravlax: a quartet of bite-size, cubed Belgian waffles topped with cured salmon and garnished with whole-grain mustard, dill and a horseradish cream. During colder months, the braised boeuf Bourguignon warms the palate. Fruits de mer include oysters, Gulf shrimp, king crab legs and mussels. A prix-fixe summer menu, which includes three courses for $20, is available daily from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The wine list features a heady selection of mostly French vintages.