Popular with local Francophiles and pre-theater diners, this award-winning Knightsbridge restaurant features a classic French menu with signature dishes like côte de boeuf (prime rib), which is hung for 44 days, and grilled rabbit with mustard sauce and smoked bacon. Filled with little more than dark wooden chairs, white-clothed tables, and a few decorative mirrors, the simple, no-frills space directs attention to the fresh seasonal cuisine paired with selections from the mostly French wine list. The á la carte menu is pricey, but the lunchtime and early dinner (before eight) prix fixe menus are exceptional values, especially for the neighborhood.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
This little-known sushi spot sits near the train tracks on the outskirts of downtown’s Little Tokyo (not far from Skid Row), so don’t try to find it without GPS. The sushi is absolutely pristine, and served on artisanal Japanese pottery.
We loved: ; fatty tuna.