French Bistros, Take Note.
Being asked to taste a restaurant’s menu is the best part about having a food blog. Recently, I was invited to dinner at a restaurant in Hollywood: Papilles (pronounced “pah-PEE” which means “tastebuds” in French). Without the invitation, I never would have ventured outside of the Westside to Hollywood – and, sadly, I never would have met this Hollywood mega-star.
This French bistro has local/seasonal ingredients and a chef who knows what to do with them. As one example, Chef Tim Carey (formerly of Patina) whips up a Butterscotch Pot de Creme that’s DeathbedFood. Plus, Papilles has a simple prix fixe menu with great pricing. With only three easy decisions, you avoid the stress of having to speed-read a Cheesecake Factory-type manual. At $37, it’s a steal. Heck, Steak Frites at Bouchon Bistro costs $37 alone.
First Course: Below, the delicate, melt-in-your-mouth Chicken Liver Mousse and the Cauliflower Veloute, a soup with pickled cauliflower and pepitas (pumpkin seeds). All chefs in Los Angeles should visit Papilles to sample these, and the entire menu, in order to attempt to replicate Papille’s transformative treats.
Dessert: Both options – the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart and the Butterscotch Pot de Creme. Chocolate Hazelnut, of Nutella fame, is always a strong choice. However, the Butterscotch Pot de Creme is DeathbedFood, the best Butterscotch Budino bomb you’ll find in L.A.
Find ’em, as they say, “in a charming strip mall on the corner of Franklin and Argyle, right by the 101 Freeway.“