The setting was nice, casual but classy. The service was very good, especially considering we had a 3-week old at our table (thankfully quiet).
The mushroom appetizer was not exceptional. The sauce was good, but the filling was blah.
The dinner salad was good for what it was…. a dinner salad. But it lacked anything special.
The rack of lamb was above average (not great). They cut the meat from the bone, so you really get about 10 lamb medallions (which were a little fatty), along with the actual rack of ribs for enjoying the tasty part. It comes with outstanding potatoes au gratin (hidden under the bones for discovery later), green beans that are difficult to eat due to their size (I would prefer some nice thin haricot vert), and sautéed carrots.
The real winner was the beef short ribs. This dish was nothing short of outstanding. It was rich and very beefy. I only got a bite, and I may have tired of it if I had a full plate, but to me, this was delightful.
Dessert was profiteroles. Meh. <--- I forget who first wrote this, but it totally sums up a LOT of recent experiences.
They have a $2 corkage, which we should have taken advantage of. But they also have a wine list with about 6-7 wineries per major varietal.
Their website is very cool, as kissy lips follow your cursor. http://www.cafebizou.com/
14016 Ventura Boulevard (btwn Beverly Glen and Woodman