my gurlfrend and i went out to dinner last week for my birthday. my gf made reservations at sushi ryo, not knowing that junichi and co. have closed up shop and that the restaurant has formally exchanged hands (new restaurant to open in May). after a moment of brief frustration and last second scrambling - we decided on pastis, neither of us having gone before.
for background, this was a wednesday evening - so we did not feel the need for a reservation, so we arrived and walked in at about 6:30. we were promptly seated and the restaurant was fairly empty at that point. first thoughts on the space, very nice, serene, and just dark enough.
our waitress explained that tonight was buy one bottle of wine and get the other one for free. we opted for a bottle of grenache-syrah from crozes-hermitage. i can't recall the name of the vineyard - but it was fabulous.
bread was served room temp - which did not bother either one of us, given we're not big bread fans anyhow - but gf did comment that she would have appreciated some warmer bread.
gf ordered the artisanal cheese plate, and i the fois gras terrine. the cheese plate featured two blues i believe and a mellow brie. gf enjoyed the accompanying pistachios. the fois gras came with toasted brioche and a mound of figs (you'll have to forgive me for my inability to properly describe this fig "mound" but it was essentially a dallop of fig preserves. the brioche, fig, and fois gras combo went well and was great to start.
gf had the sauteed skate with haricots vert, and i the rib eye with fries. fries were not as good as i had hoped, but they provided a spicy mayo that was quite good with the fries. rib eye was prepared to my liking (rare) and i witheld on the peppercorn sauce. gf was raving about her fish and i really liked the haricot verts - very fresh and lightly flavored with butter and shallots - very delicious.
very good night considering the sushi ryo fiasco. waitress was quite the charmer, and even played along as i butchered the pronuniciation of the french items on the menu (on purpose of course - hee hee). "foys grass" was her fave. i didn't see the bill, but i think the price points for this place are better than what one might see at a cafe stella or other french places in this city. truly a nice experience, i will be back.
8114 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4508
Cross Street: Crescent Heights Boulevard
Phone: (323) 655-8822