A Love Affair with French Cuisine
[youtube id=”5czjPyz1TfQ”] by Sophie Gayot If you have a love affair with French cuisine, it might as well as be in a restaurant that contains the word “Amour” (love) in its name. That is exactly what chef Walter Manzke is doing while consulting at Saint Amour restaurant, a brasserie in Culver City, Calif. A California native, Manzke has circled around from the West Coast to Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo with Alain Ducasse, elBulli under Ferran Adrià, three restaurants in Carmel, Calif., to Patina, Bastide and Church & State in Los Angeles. When Saint Amour owner Florence Herve Commereuc called him to ask if he could come on board, Manzke responded “oui,” but he’s looking forward to eventually opening his own place in the City of the Angels. Watch my exclusive video interview with him, and read my just published review of the restaurant, and see why we put it on our list of the Top 10 Bistros in LA. For more exclusive video interviews, go to GAYOT.com’s Chef Interview page. Keep up with the LA dining scene with Los Angeles Restaurant Reviews, LA News, LA Culinary Events and LA Wine Dinners. You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from Saint Amour restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.