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Tatin: Nice Westside Coffeehouse

hch_nguyen | Jun 12, 200707:07 PM

I've been meaning to give this little nook a try. It's on Sepulveda and National in the same strip as Fatburger (edit: either Fatburger or Hamburger habit). I was impressed with it for what it is. It was a cute, quaint little French bakery and coffeehouse with sandwiches and other light alimentation, and I hope others in the area will frequent it. We were the only patrons in there the whole time for brunch on Saturday.

The man behind the counter was the owner I believe. At first, he seemed to possess the proverbial haughty Parisian airs. He seemed to stare us down a bit as we perused the menu to make our minds. However, he turned out quite pleasant and provided us with a nice, quick meal. I think I've never gotten used to European customer service vs. American customer service and was thoroughly traumatized by my last experience in Paris. European-style is to be friendly but standoffish and not as "in your face", so to speak.

We had brunch there, which consisted of an almond croisssant, grilled chicken panini, and salad. The almond croissant was light and flaky, liberally sprinkled with sliced almonds. The almond paste that was spread inside the croissant had a light, creamy texture on the tongue but had a fragrantly almond taste and was speckled with crushed almonds to provide a variance in texture. I really liked this croissant. The panini was very well done, perfectly grilled. The chicken was moist, fresh, tender, and flavorful. Tomatoes were nicely diced and was a great complement to the cheese. I really enjoyed the texture of the bread. It really was perfectly grilled. It you know my posts, you know I'm finicky about texture. The crust was crunchy but not overly hard. Some of those hard breads make my mouth hurt after awhile, especially if they've spent too long inside the press. This bread had just enough give and had browned just enough. The thickness of the panini fit my mouth perfectly. We had a standard salad of designer greens with a house vinaigrette, which was a nice balance of sour, creamy, and oily. There was a little too much dressing on the salad for my taste, but I'll remedy that next time by asking for dressing on the side. The panini and salad was $6.75. My sister and I split the dish because the servings were generous and we both left full. They also have crepes and quiches and baguette sandwiches and other pastries and salads. Everything was well-executed, light-handed but very flavorful to my taste.

I'd really like to see this guy do well. So, if you're in the area and want a quick bite or just want to get out of the house a bit but don't want to go far, don't hesitate to give Tatin Coffee House a try. It's a cute, clean, crisp little cafe that also provides free wireless internet.

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