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30 Hours in LA - Doughboys, Monsieur Marcel, Chameau & Doughboys again...


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30 Hours in LA - Doughboys, Monsieur Marcel, Chameau & Doughboys again...

torta basilica | Jan 11, 2006 07:26 PM

Everytime I'm up here, I get green with envy at your restaurant choices...

Doughboys - Friendly service, sat on patio, Morning #1 had creamy polenta with figs, dates & pine nuts - I added honey & was very delish - could barely eat 1/2 of the top layer! Mom had semolina waffles with mascarpone & Dried Cherries (?) sauce. I prefer crisp waffles & this was a Belgian, not enough Mascarpone, but it still really was yummy & a unique combination. Late Morning #2 - I had the breakfast pizza, which was huge - thought I'd never finish it, but it was so good I nearly did - thin pizza crust with (? Italian) cheese, carmelized onions & loads of sauteed pancetta & 2 eggs in the middle. Wow! As many items as there are on the menu, I'm sorely tempted to order this over & over - fabulous. Mom had a basil chicken salad, but I was too involved with mine to remember how that was. BTW, question for the locals - why is Toast, across the street, so packed, when Doughboys is not? Only complaint here is the gross bathroom (evidentaly shared by Mexican bar next door) that you have to walk through kitchen to get to,

Monsieur Marcel - Was really pleasantly surprised. Tucked away in Farmer's Market - charming little place - feels like sitting outside in Provence. Excellent olive rolls, not so successful French (!) bread. I had the buckwheat crepe with Gruyere cheese & Proscuitto - it was very good - would definitely order again, but I thought afterwards a little moutarde would have been nice. Mom had a grilled shrimp salad special, which was ok. Their market next door is fun to wonder & I picked up some wonderful, but very expensive cheeses.

Chameau - Loved this place & I've had a hard time enjoying local Moroccan restaurants after visiting the country itself. Seated immediately in a nice circular booth. Very cool decor. Super friendly & kind service from all. Warm triangular foccacia-like bread with light anise seeds & garlic brought out - tried to hold ourselves back, but not so successful. Ordered a bottle of Lolonis Fume Blanc ($22), which waiter agreed would be good with both our lamb & fish. Very good choice - really enjoyed it. A few perfect olives & what was described as lemon oil, but tasted more like anchovy oil brought out in darling little tangines. Mom has the duck bstilla, which was wonderful. Waiter tried to make it clear how large the Roasted beet & goat cheese salad, tomato pepper salad, chickpea & herb salad on 'toasts' was, but I didn't listen - each salad on a long baguette slice. Could barely sample each, wanting to leave room for dinner, but especially loved the herb & beet salads - this dish could easily be shared by four. Mom got the whole dorado (that doesn't sound right - it was a Mediterranean fish that started with a 'D'...) tangine - crispy skin, tender flesh, mirepoix of vegetables that was fantastic. My lamb shank with figs & almonds in a pomegranite sauce was fall off the bone tender, really wanted to eat it all, but was just too stuffed. I was concerned about the sweetish sauce with the lamb, but it worked beautifully. They kindly boxed the lamb & couscous side separately, so not to get the couscous to mushy. We waddled back to my brothers house very content & very happy. Dinner for 2 w/ wine, tax & tip - a little under $120.

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