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Steak Frites at L'Assiette

Jacques Fiorentino specializes in steak frites in a Melrose space that houses a hit for the first time in years. L’Assiette sports a red awning, features a long zinc bar and wood panel walls. Steak Frites ($25) centers on silky Nebraska-raised culotte, which is cooked sous-vide, finished on the grill and slathered in a French butter sauce with wine and herbs. Crispy frites are Kennebec potatoes prepared using an eight-step, 24-hour process that culminates with a bath in beef tallow. L’Assiette serves the first half of the steak and frites, but waits for your signal to serve the second half, to keep both elements hot. For special occasions, L’Assiette provides the option to order Rossini steak frites, named for Italian composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini. This adds foie gras and shaved black truffles to the equation for an extra $30. No matter the meal, they start customers with complimentary bowls of sorrel soup seasoned with cream, crème fraîche and citrus.

By: Joshua Lurie


Venue name: L'assiette
Address: 7166 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 5:30pm-Midnight
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Recommended by a French friend... so I was always going to go! The restaurant was simple, had a nice subtle, modern French vibe to it but like all too many restaurants was a bit like dinning in a fridge! The weather was not super hot but dear me the restaurant was super cold. 

It seems that they have a practice of serving half your dinner and then following up with the second half when you are nearly finished... ummm, not sure how that works with a packed restaurant and with large tables... coordinating that must be a right royal nightmare! 

I didn't end up having the steak, but did have a stuffed chicken breast; it was very good; enjoyable. I would definitely visit again and this time, maybe for the steak.