Bistro Bagatelle Opens in West Hollywood
March 21, 2012 | Homepage
Bagatelle, the New York-based French bistro known for its boozy, DJ-fueled Champagne brunches and Euro-diners, has landed in LA. Nestled along La Cienega’s restaurant row, the newly remodeled space is in stark contrast to its predecessor, Coco de Ville. What was once a dark, boudoir-themed nightclub is now an elegant, whitewashed hotspot with crystal chandeliers, famous artwork, and lush greenery.
Taking advantage of the LA sunshine, the restaurant also incorporates an intimate outdoor patio, and sliding glass panels to welcome the mellifluous spring breeze. Although the famous Champagne brunch, synonymous with jeroboams and table- and chair-top dancing, will not debut until summer, the cuisine is sure to draw crowds well before then.
Executive chef Scott Quinn’s (formerly of Bouchon) warm and cold appetizers, such as red wine-poached pear salad, yellowfin tuna tartare, and pickled pork belly with sauce moutarde beautifully compliment entrées like day-boat scallops with toasted quinoa, Marcho Farms veal delmonico, and whole truffled roasted chicken for two.
Refreshing cocktails and decadent desserts (the banana cheesecake in a jar is a must) round out the menu. A DJ keeps the party going until the wee hours on Wednesdays through Saturdays—giving a taste of the dayclub atmosphere to come when weekend brunch starts up. 755 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-3900
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