Tried Pastis (8114 Beverly Blvd., (323) 655-8822) for the first time last night.
At 8:30 on a Sunday night, the place was about one quarter full, except for the patio, which was busier and occupied entirely by smokers.
The Missus had eaten a late lunch, and so just had a beet salad with goat cheese. Good, but not extraordinary. (Not sure if extraordinary is even possible anymore with this dish.) I had a top sirloin with fries and some sort of a reduction sauce, and a $10 glass of California zinfandel. The steak (looked like 6-8 oz.) was okay, but not great -- good flavor but a little on the tough/lean side. Also, the reduction sauce was too sweet/strong for my taste. The fries were the best part of the meal, and they were good, but a bit heavy on the salt. Shared a slice of peach/blackberry tart with vanilla ice cream (tasted like Häagen-Dazs), which struggled to be mediocre. Disappointing with all the great summer fruit that's currently available. Nice Moroccan mint tea, served in individual tea pots with small Moroccan tea glasses -- sweet, and garnished with pine nuts (which is a nice touch that I hadn't had before). We also shared a liter bottle of sparkling water. Service through out was okay (in that slightly surely French why-are-you-bothering-me-while-I'm-smoking-my-Gaulois kind of way). Total came to $66 before tip, which didn't strike me as a particularly good value.
All-in-all, not terrible, and I guess I'd go back (especially since Pastis is just about a perfect walking distance from our home), but, based solely on this limited sample, for mid-range French food, I think Moustache Cafe and/or Le Petit Bistro are better choices.
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