Thanks to chowhound recs I took my aunt and uncle to dinner at La Vie, a classical French restaurant in Rosemead. Rosemead definitely is not the first place someone goes to look for classical French, so I was slightly doubtful (but happily proved wrong!) as to how authentic the food would taste. The prices were more than reasonable with no entree more than $18 including soup, salad and coffee. The three of us ordered garlic crusted rack of lamb, filet mignon and sweetbread in madeira sauce. Portion sizes were smaller than the average restaurant but the quality and simplicity used in the preparation of the dishes was clearly above the norm. My favorite was definitely the sweetbread with their buttery rich flavor. I could definitely feel my arteries clogging up, but honestly who could care less when there's warm slices of baguette on the side to soak up the For dessert we split the Grand Marnier Souffle ($6.50). The waitress brought out the towering souffle with a pitcher of creme anglaise on the side and proceeded to slash the top and pour in the creme...mmm delicious! Wonderfully light and warm it was the perfect way to end out dinner.
The restaurant is operated by a Vietnamese family with a similar place under a different name in SF. I spoke to the owner for a while who was clearly passionate about his cooking methods of sticking to the classic methods and emphasis on high quality ingredients. I noticed most of the clients there were regulars including an elderly couple who came at the same time on the same day once a week. How's that for dedication?