so for lunch today we went to Delicieuse French Cafe and Boutique at 2503 Artesia Boulevard in Redondo Beach. Ive live in Manhattan Beach my whole life and never knew it exsisted, but i am so thrilled to have found it. we found it odd that it was only open once a week and were a bit apprehensive about how good the food was going to be. but we found out that its only open once a week because the remainder of the week is dedicated to the owner's (a very sweet and gracious women) making her WONDERFUL ice cream and sorbet for wholesale which goes out to hotels and where ever else. the atmosphere of the place it self is really interesting... the front room is quaint, the back room was a moroccan meditation room, or something to that effect (it was kind of odd and random but would be great to take a bunch of friends for afternoon tea which they serve saturday 2-5pm). we sat in the middle room which was a mix of the decor in the front and back room. so on to the food.
i ordered Poulet Basquaise-Chicken and vegetables cooked in tomato sauce and served with saffron rice. it was very tasty and what i assume would be a classic french dish. the other person i was with ordered le Seguin sandwich- Sliced Goat Cheese marinated with olive oil, rosemary and lavender, lavender or acacia honey, roasted walnuts, Foccacia bread, served warm. this sandwich was delicious!! great combination of the creamy goat cheese matched with honey and olive oil. and we both couldnt get over how delicious the bread was.
on to the best part... the dessert. the wonderful owner let us try a dozen different flavors of sorbets and ice cream which are all homemade including apricot with rosemary, jamica raspberry with hibicus, goat milk maple(this one was one of the main stand outs! its a sweet gentle maple taste and the goat milk adds additional creaminess that you wont get from typical cows milk ice cream), and a bunch of other unusual flavors. i settled for chocolate hazelnut ice cream and it was like a light mousse, it was incredible! you can find a complete list on their website and the owner said she is creating new flavors including goat milk strawberry!
i definitly recommend this place even though its only open on saturday from 12pm-6pm...