This is a joint I orignally passed by on Melrose, and it looked sort of promising if a little downscale and not too fancy at all.
anyways, gave it a whirl after the times review a few weeks agao, and it is pretty darn good. the surroundings are very pedestrian, but this is more of a small-scale mom-pop sort of place serving gourmet/fine cuisine, and before i get into more of the review, the place is kosher, which may point to why the prices may be slightly high for a neighborhood bistro. also, that points to why there is no cheese at all in the menu, even in the italianate inspired dishes. the restaurant is supposed to be tunisian but it does dabble and bounce around globally at will.
i ordered the merguez sandiwhc, which is a beef sausage w/ fennel flavoring. the sandwich came with about four or so link and was spread with a little bit of harissa sauce on a nice french bread. and was sided with a stack of thin bistro fries. some nice stuff. but it did cost around 12 bucks for the sandwich and fries.
also, on the menu is steak diane, which i'm defintiely going to try next times and a ribe eye entrecote. also, lamb chops on the menu and a merguez plate, and a hamburger and a pastram w/ pies of pastrami in the sauce (rather than non-kosher pork). anyways, defintely worth a try. steaks dishes roughly around 20 bucks and sandwiches around 10-12. pastas 12-14. and desserts 5. i'd defintely recommend the aforementioned sausage sandwich. supposedly it's also specially made just for them.
please comment back if you give it a try.
oh, it's on melrose a block before la brea and it shares a storefront with an indian restaruants.