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Maison Giraud – Pacific Palisades

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Maison Giraud has been open since the end of November and chef/owner Alain Giraud of Bastide and Anisette has created a quaint bakery/brasserie reminiscent of cafes in Paris.  Maison Giraud offers three meals daily with fresh baked pastries for breakfast as well as housemade bread for cheese and charchuterie.

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For lunch, the traditional poached egg with frisee is always a favorite as well as the roasted vegetable salad.  But for dinner, the tasting menu with three course for $36.00 is a bargain in itself.  Currently, his tasting menu is focused on mushrooms which are not the standard variety.  To start, a creamy mushroom topped puff pastry with small side salad.  These two triangles from heaven were light but decadent all at the same time.  Next, came the veal medallions on top of a bed of sauteed mushrooms and spinach that were perfectly seasoned and melted in your mouth.  For dessert, a meringue mushroom with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream on top.  A perfect ending to a perfect French bistro.  Oh, and don’t miss his wife’s retail shop next door, Blue Lavender!

Maison Giraud, 1032 Swarthmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA  (310) 459-7561

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