Main Dining Room photo by Ryan Forbes
Los Angeles, CA- The One Group's long-awaited Bagatelle has finally graced LA's restaurant row with a new, upscale dining experience. Taking over the former Coco de Ville space adjacent to STK, Bagatelle is primed to hold its own against heavy-weights such as Bouchon, Fig and Olive and INK. Appealing to a sophisticated and in-the-know crowd, Bagatelle will leave the most discriminating foodie satiated. The hotspot is already a favorite among industry insiders and frequented by the likes of Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor. Don't be surprised if you spot Jeremy Renner, Eva Longoria, Kevin Connolly or Hilary Duff as they have already become regulars.
There are four starters that a first time diner to Bagatelle must try: the elegantly presented Poire Pochée au Vin Rouge which is essentially a deconstructed salad of lemon scented goat cheese stuffed into a red wine marinated pear, drizzled with pistachios and a black truffle vinaigrette; Tartare de Thon on a perfectly seasoned bed of avocado bathed in a citrus vinaigrette and accompanied by taro chips; and the effervescent Fuzzy Bee cocktail of Hendrick's Gin, lavender honey, fresh lemon juice and a floater of Moet and Chandon champagne. Another fun cocktail to try is the Sangria Rosé of Bagatelle which is made of rosé wine, Stoli vodka, fresh lemon juice and fresh peach purée. For a true fan of French Cuisine, you will not be disappointed by the Escargots Bagatelle.
Though the menu is traditionally French with a twist, Chef de Cuisine Scott Quinn did an excellent job at balancing the menu with multiple seafood, poultry and meat options. The comforting Coquilles St. Jacques Roties is modernized with toasted quinoa, cilantro and a raisin vinaigrette while the hearty 8 ounce Filet Mignon de Bordelaise with forest mushrooms is tender and moist when served medium rare. The truffle fries are an absolute necessity as a side option but make sure you save room for dessert!
We tried the rich and decadently dense Chocolate Soufflé served with ice cream and a sinful Banana Cheesecake and Chocolate Streusel that was the perfect combo of tart and sweet, crunchy and creamy, cool and warmth from the gooey caramelized bananas.
Bagatelle has recently started brunch service. The One Group is currently revamping the New York location to re-open later this year while a Las Vegas post is slated to open this Memorial Day weekend.
Bar photo by Ryan Forbes
Carin von Berg
755 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069