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Cafe Beaujolais--report and a query

Julia | Sep 24, 200209:26 PM

My husband and I went on a date Saturday night, and we decided to try Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock. We strolled in around 7:45, without a reservation, but were seated promptly at what seemed to be the only empty table in the place.

The waitstaff all had on black T shirts that had "Coming Soon" written on the back. It seems the bakery the restaurant owns across the street is going to expand its hours and serve light dinners, as well. (Sorry, no ETA was given.)

We each had a dinner salad, which, not only good tasting, were also a good size. There was a bread basket put down, but none of the breads looked very good, and I wasn't tempted to try any. I ordered the sea bass (a daily special, the list delivered orally) and my husband tried a menu item, the white fish with bismati rice.

Both of us liked our entrees, but not loved. The sea bass came with some mashed potatoes, and both plates had some asparagus?.(I'm unsure because the veggies were chopped up, a little smashed, and a creamy-cheesy sauce was mixed in thoroughly.) The whitefish was heavier than expected, and we agreed the sea bass was the way to go. We got the pear and chocolate tart, and the profiteroles for dessert.

I enjoyed my evening, and the restaurant was busy, but the employee/customer ratio always seemed comfortably in hand. (I speak with some authority, I have worked in a service/retail environment for seven years and can always discern panic and disarray if its present.)

There were a few things that niggled at me. A server attempted (twice) to deliver something to our table we did not order. While we drank wine, my husband is a big water drinker and drained his glass several time. Each time we had to track someone down to get a refill. I had a big icy chunk of frozen ice cream in my profiterole. Uh, to explain, the kind of chunk of ice cream you would throw out if at home, not shocking, but not the kind of things that make you daydream about returning...
Item detail:two salads, two entrees, two glasses of wine, and two desserts--$90 before tip.

Does anyone have any suggestions for my two year anniversary dinner in early October? We're trying to finance a trip to New Zealand for next year, so I'm not indulging my Josie's daydreams. I live in the San Fernando Valley, and Glendale/Eagle Rock/Silver Lake are all my hood.

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