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Brasserie Les Voyous (long)

JC | Jun 24, 200412:57 PM

Has anyone been here yet?

I've been twice in the past week. I really like it a lot. It seems to be a new place, and as such are probably still working out a few kinks, such as settling on a source for bread. Menu items are in the $7-$20+ range, and portions are generally small (which is just fine for me, means I get to try more things).

I've gotten to sample four dishes so far. The mussels were excellent - very plump and tender. The linguini with porcini mushrooms and black truffle sauce was also very good, with large slices of porcini and a very aromatic sauce. I rarely eat fish, but I tried both the salmon with mustard sauce and tomato provencale, and the halibut with caramelized apples. Once again, both were excellent. The mustard sauce was very delicate and subtle, a pleasant surprise, and the halibut's sauce was complex and sweet. Both fish were expertly prepared, tender and flavorful.

I also tried three desserts. The first was the apple tart. The apples were prepared skin on, but that didn't bother me. I don't know if apple tarts are supposed to be served warm or not, but this one wasn't, and I guess I'm too used to having warm tarte tatin. Overall, I liked it, but a little less than everything else. The other two desserts were wonderful. One was a pear marinated in rum (I think) and served with chocolate sauce. The other was creme caramel, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth soft. I unfortunately didn't get to sample any of the wines these two trips, but I will rectify that next time. They also have a full bar.

The most interesting sounding item on the menu was "Moelle et pain grille" - bone marrow with toast. Unfortunately, no one ever orders it, and they chose not to offer it anymore. They are in the process of having the menus reprinted, because I keep trying to order it. :D

The wait staff were all very friendly and accomodating, attentive but not intrusive, and the owner, Viviane, is as gracious a host as you could ask for. She personally comes to each and every table to make sure everything was good. And the best part: they are open very late. 2am on Sundays, 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. So if you're ever in the heart of Hollywood some late night, and looking to chow, give Les Voyous a try. I'll be there again tomorrow night. :)

Les Voyous
6541 Hollywood Blvd. #102 (west of Wilcox)

Credit goes to R.G. Fogarty of for turning me on to this gem of a restaurant.

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