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Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro

omakase | Apr 28, 2008 11:27 PM

I was at the Westfield Topanga Mall today, and I remember hearing about this little cafe on the top floor of Norstrom's. It was about 4:30, not too crowded. Upon arrival, I grabbed a menu and ordered at the counter. You pay for everything right there. Then you scan the room looking for a choice seat. This is no cafeteria. This is a very nice room with comfortable booths and half booths. Very pleasing to the eye. I found a quiet place to sit, and waited for the food to arrive. Here's what I ordered - a cup of Crab Bisque, the Roast Chicken with Pommes Frites, and some lemonade. I know, I know - not that large of a sample to really get a feel for the place. However, the chicken was so good - crispy skin and juicy tender meat. Truly, one of the better ones I've had. I kept raving about it to my server. It wasn't a traditional half chicken, but it did include the breast and thigh. The Pommes Frites were nice and crisp, but they weren't the usual skinny fries that they serve. They were out of them. These, instead, were were a little bit more plump, but good nevertheless. The entire bill came to about $22.00. Okay, a little much for what I ordered, but worth it. Here's a breakdown:

Cup of Crab Bisque - $4.50
Roast Chicken with Pomme Frites - $13.50
Lemonade - $2.35

Other items on their menu include: French Onion Soup, A Variety of Salads, Brick Oven Pizzas, Sandwiches, Pasta, Salmon, Steak, Drinks/Soda, Beer/Wine, and A Kid's Menu.

A couple more things - the people who work here are very friendly, and I love their open kitchen.

Cafe Bistro
Nordstrom's Department Store - 3rd Floor
21725 Victory Blvd. (Part of the Westfield Topanga Mall)
Canoga Park
Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

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