Restaurant: La Cachette Bistro [1, 2]
Location: 1733 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA 90401(310) 434-9509
Date: January 15, 2011
Cuisine: (Cal) French
Rating: Great food, good value for what you get.
Movie night, and off to La Cachette Bistro for some good French fare.
The menu. They changed it up a little since we were last here (HERE FOR PREVIOUS REVIEW). Now there are a range of “French Tapas,” which are kinda like Spanish topics but… well, more French.
“Roasted Organic Beet Tower with Feta Cheese, Avocado, Tomato, Goat Cheese Raviolini and Cumin Dressing.”
“House Smoked Salmon Plate with Corn Blini, Sour Cream and Onions.”
“Salted Cod Croquettes with Rouille.” These are a traditional Spanish dish (despite the French Tapas claim). They weren’t bad at all, but they weren’t in the same league as The Bazaar’s version (REVIEW HERE).
“Stuffed Dates with Gorgonzola and Crispy Prosciutto.” Can’t go too wrong here. The sweetness of the dates, and the salty cheese and crunchy salty bacon. Yum.
“Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil, Parmesan Cheese and Mushroom Sauce.” Very mushroomy. A bit of butter, but not super rich.
“New Zealand Lamb Chops, with Horseradish, Mint, Peas and Bacon.”
What would a bistro be without bistro fries.
Cod in a cream sauce, with squash blossoms stuffed with ratatouille.
Cassolette, the classic white beans, sausage, and lamb stew. Exactly as it should be, rich, meaty, and beany.
Mostly variants of traditional bistro desserts, which is a good thing.
“Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate Sauce And Almonds.” Classic Profiteroles. The chocolate sauce here is perfect, combined with the pastry, ice cream. Umm good.
“Warm Dark Chocolate Chip “Divine” Cake With Whipped Cream.” The cake was fine, but they need to upgrade the ice cream. it didn’t seem rich and creamy enough.
“Tahitian Vanilla And Orange Blossom Crème Brulee.” I love a good creme brulee. This one is good, with a nice hint of orange. It could have been a bit more custardy, and Sam’s by the Beach (REVIEW HERE) does a better brulee, but it’s still good.
Check out the custard!
In good weather, La Cachette Bistro has a gorgeous patio.