Our good friend Tony, who coincidentally told us that Gyu-Kaku was the bomb, also recommended this French restaurant named La Cachette. Now mind you, I am not a big French food fan. In fact, we went to Paris about a year ago and I almost swore it off for good. I did go to Bastide not too long ago (and enjoyed it) but still. Yes, the sauces are supposed to be exquisite but I've always been skeptical about French food...small portions, pretty expensive, not THAT tasty. Well, tonight that all changed.
You walk in and you immediately think - a little larger than expected from the outside, very cute French/California decor (Tony had told us about this California twist)...and actually pretty crowded...
Delicious little thing - all warm in our mouths...very good though.....we order appetizers...go a little daring with the escargot with mushrooms and the salmon mousse calamari.
First bites and we are now shocked at how great things are tasting...like little explosions in our mouths...then we order our entrees....filet mignon beef stew for me (the special)
the grilled halibut for Mariah (another special)...
Filet of Beef (Natural Black Angus Filet of Beef topped with a Shallot Melt served with Puff Potatoes and Porcinis in a Pink Peppercorn Garlic Sauce) for Omar....
and this Provençal Bouillabaisse (served with Black Mussels, Clams and an assortment of Market Fish with a side of Rouille and Homemade Provençal Croûtons) for Sam.
We're now all completely surprised by how delicious everything is tasting. Omar's meat is tender but the sauce on top of it he says is "subtle" yet absolutely delicious. He quickly polishes it off. Sam's seafood stew is very rich and creamy but almost bursting with flavor. My beef stew is a bit salty but the filet mignon is so soft. Mariah comments that her halibut is not dry for being grilled.
So all through dinner I am snapping away, twittering, uploading pics to Facebook and we all start wondering..why are they serving us extra dishes? A few extra cracker things, an extra dish of desserts..we start getting suspicious. Do they think we're real reporters? How interesting and funny!
and then I ask the waitress, bc not only was she naturally stunning, she had the most amazing memory! I love it when waiters/waitresses can recite all the specials with no notes!
Overall? Excellent food, amazing service, beautifully quaint. Also, hella expensive. But it was a nice treat for all of us.
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