Le Petit Bistro To Open Seven Nights A Week Starting Sunday, April 7

Monday, 1 Apr 2013, 10:34:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Escargot De Bourgogne - served covered in a garlic, butter, and shallot sauce.
Photo by Brenton Garen
Escargot De Bourgogne - served covered in a garlic, butter, and shallot sauce.

Since 1993, Le Petit Bistro has been serving up traditional

French bistro fare as the last of the European restaurants on La Cienega’s “the

row” in West Hollywood.

The restaurant is owned by the Lachkar family, who has been

part of the Los Angeles restaurant scene for the past 40 years.

The family entered the restaurant business with La Potiniere on Beverly Boulevard in

1973, opened the Entourage on Third Street in 1978, Cassis on Third Street and

Mon Café in Sherman Oaks in 1985, Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega in 1993 and in

Sherman Oaks in 1994, La Mer on La Cienega in 1995, and Le Petit Zinc in

Brentwood in 2005.

Le Petit Bistro recently underwent a “facelift” prior to

Valentine’s Day, giving the restaurant a fresh look inside and out.

To celebrate its “refreshed” ambiance, Le Petit Bistro will

now open on Sundays for dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm starting this Sunday, April

7. It is open Monday through Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm.

An added bonus for the months of April and May, there will

be no charge for corkage on Sunday nights. 

As a family-run business, one of the owners is at the

restaurant every night. 

The owners also sample the restaurant’s nightly specials the

night before the dishes are offered to guests to make sure everything is up to

scratch. 

Co-owner George Lachkar said he and his brothers are excited

to celebrate the restaurant’s 20th anniversary on May 5.

Lachkar said they pay attention to culinary trends, the

pulse of the market, what customers want, and change and evolve accordingly,

such as adding lighter options and making sure the menu is reasonably-priced.

He said diners experience a unique evening at the restaurant.

“Le Petit Bistro is typical of a bistro in the Left Bank of

Paris... both the food and the music,” he said.

He said the restaurant’s signature dishes are family

inspired. 

The lamb shank on a bed of cous cous is their mother's

recipe.

The Shrimp Picante appetizer was created by his brother,

Jean Claude. It contains 23 different spices and is a secret recipe. He said only he and his three brothers -- not even one of

the partners, nor the chef -- know it.

A classic French appetizer is the Escargot De Bourgogne. The

cooked land snails are smothered in a serving of garlic, butter, and shallot

sauce. The generous serving of Black Mussels “Poulette” is another popular

appetizer served in a light white wine sauce with a touch of cream. The onion

soup gratinee is a little heavier, prepared with delicious Gruyere

cheese and served with a side of toast.

Typical French entree selections include roasted chicken or

grilled rib eye steak with pommes frites; imported Sole “A La Provencale” with tomato,

kalamata olives, and white wine; baked lamb shank with cous cous

and carrots; various pastas such as Tagliatelle (served with  shrimps,

capers, snow peas, and cognac sauce), Linguini a la Vongole (with clams,

garlic, white wine and tomato sauce), and Fettuccini Primavera (with olive oil,

roasted garlic, and season vegetables).

Le Petit Bistro is located at 631 North La Cienega Boulevard,

West Hollywood.

Dinner is served from 5 pm to 11 pm Monday through Saturday, and

5 pm to 10 pm on Sunday. Reservations are

recommended, call 310.289.9797.

For more information, visit www.lepetitbistro.us.

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