Editor’s note: The Tolucan Times welcomes restaurant reviewer Laura Voeth to these pages. Her column is scheduled to appear bi-weekly.
On busy Lankershim Blvd., almost hidden by tall office buildings and car dealerships, is a lovely little restaurant called Le Petit Chateau. The outside resembles, what else?—a little castle. Inside, the intimate bar is friendly and inviting. The dining room is adorned with collectibles, and at the entrance is a spectacular Ikebana arrangement, created by owner Christiane Higgs.
We were seated in a cozy booth and promptly greeted by a friendly server. We sipped a delicious cocktail while perusing the extensive menu. What to choose? Everything sounded so yummy. The wine list, too, offered an array of French and California wines at a reasonable price.
The appetizers, oh my…we just had to try the escargots. Bathed in a sizzling garlic herb butter, they were tender and scrumptious. Next, the Pave aux deux Saumons: a chilled poached filet of salmon wrapped with smoked salmon and accented with a delicate dill sauce. Magnifique!
For the main event, my guest opted for Le Mignonette de Boeuf, Lord Wellington, a thick filet mignon cooked to perfection and wrapped in a light pastry lined with homemade pate. I could not resist Le Canard, a plump, roasted half Long Island Duck, served crisp and juicy with Bing cherry or orange sauce on the side. We were ecstatic with our selections. They were “incroyable.”
Aaahh, dessert. This was going to be tough. Cheesecake, bread pudding, English trifle? Or should we share one of the desserts for two: Souffles, Crepes Suzette, Cherries Jubilee? We decided to split the Gran Marnier Crème Brulee. Delicieux…
This gem of a restaurant opened in 1964, and Christiane and Andrew Higgs have owned it for more than half of its 53 years. They have maintained the old world charm while keeping it fresh with modern touches.
A lovely banquet room in front is ideal for holiday parties, meetings and rehearsal dinners. The wine pairing dinners, offered several times a year, are carefully planned by the Higgs’, their longtime chef, and a wine expert. These feasts are five course dinners with perfectly chosen wines and are great fun.
It is no wonder that Le Petit Chateau has won the coveted Dirona Award (Distinguished Restaurants of America) every year since 1996.
Make a reservation and enjoy.
Le Petit Chateau is located at 4615 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. For complete menu, wine list and event information visit LePetitChateau.org or call (818) 769-1812.
Laura Voeth has worked for some of L.A.’s most prestigious restaurants. In 2002, she began reviewing restaurants for Beverly Hills-based “Women On Top” magazine. She is also a freelance writer.