Cuisine · Exploration

Little Next Door

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Thanks to a suggestion made by one of my coworkers, my friends and I went to Little Next Door in West Hollywood for some authentic French cuisine (I’m already preparing my stomach for my trip to Paris…oh yeah…I’m going to Paris!).

Appetizer: Almond Crusted Goat Cheese with Beets on a bed of Arugula

First Course

You might be thinking…almonds, goat cheese and beets? What an unusual combo. Somehow, it works! I’m not a big cheese eater. I don’t crave it. I don’t need it. I don’t salivate over it. So this is coming from a non-cheese enthusiast: beets and goat cheese has great flavor and compliments each other well.

Entree: Bouillabaisse

Second Course

Bouillabaisse consists of shrimp, calamari, mussels, salmon, saffron broth, vegetables, rouille and garlic crostini a.k.a. a seafood lover’s dream. If you google “Bouillabaisse,” it is basically described as fish stew. But that has such an ugly connotation to it.

The salmon was tender, the broth wasn’t too salty, and the dish itself was satisfying and light.

Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake/Peach Almond Tart

Third Course Part One
peach tart
Third Course Part Two

One of the perks of going to a restaurant with a group of friends is splitting dishes…especially the dessert ones. The flourless chocolate cake was very rich, as expected. But the pairing with the blackberry confit brought in a lighter, more refreshing flavor to the condensed chocolate taste.

The peach and almond tart was just the right amount of sweetness. You could taste flecks of butter from the pastry, therefore, knowing it was freshly made. The best part though was the lemon mascarpone topping. It just made the tart that much better.

The entire meal was $39 (before tax and tip). I consider this meal a steal…especially since an entree there can run between 20-30 dollars. Don’t worry, if you miss your opportunity to try Little Next Door for DineLA, they have a chef’s special where they do a 3- course meal for the same price! So go with an empty stomach and experience French cuisine locally.

Besides, who says no to good food, good company and a good night out?


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