California, and especially Los Angeles, is known for "fusion" restaurants, so it's rare to find a restaurant that is so mono-culture as this little gem of a French brasserie in Culver City. Though the restaurant was clearly going for a brasserie feel with red leather banquettes, bistro-style tables and vintage ad posters, the high ceilings, exposed piping, and a glaringly whitewashed paint job work against it, so you should go for a seat on the candlelit patio out front. It's what any self-respecting Parisian would do.
Start off with one of the champagne aperitifs before tucking into salads like the classic frisée aux lardons, or a delightfully fresh salad of juicy tomato confit perched on crispy polenta squares with a heaping mound of gooey burrata cheese. There are also some very European (but generous) appetizers like escargots, pigs' feet with tartare sauce, and a plate of mergeuz sausages over cumin carrots that could feed an entire Moroccan village. All the terrines and sausages are homemade by Chef Bruno Hervé Commereuc.
For main courses, get the standard entrecote au poivre with pepper sauce and fries, or the roasted free-range half chicken (charmingly listed as "half roasted chicken") with fries. There's also blood sausage with mashed potatoes and apple compote, but you'll probably enjoy the Breton monkfish in a seafood broth with a ripe tomato-fennel tart more.
The wine list contains some truly interesting (and affordable!) options from France, including the some from the appellation of Beaujolais from which the restaurant derives its name. However, the best thing about the restaurant-and this is probably why we're giving it extra points-is the fact that the bar and waitstaff are almost entirely French, and not only that, but they are actually polite! Now that's something you can't find in France...
Address: 9275 Culver Blvd.
Cross Street: Lafayette Pl.
Neighborhood: Culver City
Phone: (310) 842-8155
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm, Sun-Thurs 5:30-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11:00pm