Cafe Stella in Silverlake stinks due to inauthenticity, and food charlatinism, and I will never return for the hope of good, honest bistro food ever. My wife and I had passed by several times on our way to the Cheese Store of Silverlake, and were even invited in by whom appeared to be the owner. "Please come for dinner. Bring your children! We love children!" Okay, so after coming by early one evening when 80% of the tables were empty one night, we were turned away at the door without a reservation. Understandable since it was a Friday night, but at the same time, in the restaurant business... "May we seat you at the bar? Can we let you know there are upcoming reservations for your table? May we give you a reservation at the next possible date?"
Reasonable appetizers, but, honestly, a thin facade of authenticity. French men, menu, Pastis at the bar! Steak-au-poivre without ANY FREAKIN' PEPPER! Poor wine service (please bring wine glasses with less grease on them), and an immature front of house. We don't judge a restaurant based upon whether we could actually cook better than them, but simply that they are true to the cuisine, and Cafe Stella in my profound opinion is not. The waiter explained the steak as the product of a Japanese chef who was told to make it that way by an absent owner.
Okay. Notice absent patron.