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Emmanuel - report

Jennifer W. | Apr 22, 2002 08:28 PM

I just went over the weekend and am happy to report that the food at this little 'American bistro' (on Ventura Blvd in Studio City) is still excellent! There isn't a write-up on this restaurant on Chowhound, so here's mine:

INTERIOR: Small, intimate setting with a little fireplace on one side of the room. About 12-15 tables, all of which were taken when we were there Friday night between 7 and 9:30 (this is the type of place where people linger over their meals.)

SERVICE: Attentive, professional and gracious. The pacing between the dishes lagged a bit, but not so much that it bothered us.

PARKING: The best kind--a small lot in the back w/free parking.

FOOD: We left stuffed to the gills and very happy! A better choice than Cafe Bizou, Paul's, and other restaurants in the Valley. I started with a great savory warm goat cheese salad with bacon and shallot dressing. Dressing was light and sweet, mingled well with the saltiness of the bacon and creamy cheese. Followed that with a very good, slightly spicy carrot tomato soup (no cream). The bf had a decent if boring endive salad (don't remember what the garnishes were) and a wonderfully light bundle of cappellini with a red pepper coulis. The main entree was a bit disappointing-- grilled prawns over saffron risotto with green beans and finely shredded carrots. The carrots were beautiful--looked like a delicate mess of thin orange wire!--and crunchy, tasting almost like squash, but the shrimp and green beans were underseasoned. Fresh and cooked well, but didn't have much flavor.

DESSERT: The star of the meal! Wonderful, orgasmic, rich, velvety dark chocolate souffle served with a vanilla ice cream. Totally molten chocolate on the inside. I rarely ever finish my dessert (don't have a sweet tooth) but I polished this one off completely!

PRICES: Entrees between $18-$24, with the four-course prix fixes being $35 or $50.

Overall, I really like this place and hope it thrives. Will be returning soon to try out the other dishes...

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