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La Brasserie Bistro & Bar Restaurant Review: A trip to La Brasserie Bistro & Bar in La Quinta is a lot cheaper than flying coach to Paris. Yet, it’s just as authentic, thanks to chef/owner and Brittany native Emmanuel Janin. The seasonal menu uses plenty of locally sourced ingredients and will likely please even the most die-hard Francophile. 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. Although La Brasserie’s location --- a strip mall at the corner of Highway 111 and Washington Avenue --- isn’t the sexiest, once inside you’ll forget you’re in La Quinta altogether.