L’Ami Restaurant

 Move over comfort food- L’Ami Restaurant in Santa Monica (on the border of Brentwood) has burst onto the scene in all its splendor.

               Hidden behind an original wrought iron gate covered in ivy, it’s reminiscent of the grand entrance leading into a magnificent estate on the French Riviera. L’Ami boasts a unique charm and characteristic atmosphere with two beautiful outdoor terraces surrounded by a variety of lush plants, and dotted with dimly lit rooms.                                                                                      

               The open-air terraces, arched passageways, and blue painted ceilings reveal a casual ambience for dining. The bar and lounge, a favorite with the locals, is warm and inviting, with a crackling fireplace and  white shearling covered bar chairs. The ambience is much like stepping in to the welcoming  elegant  home of a friend, setting the stage for the main attractions, the cuisine,    fine wine and cocktails

               L’ami captures Mediterranean culture , rich history, delicious intricate cuisine and rich regional delicacies that blend together to offer an unparalleled culinary adventure along with impeccable service

 The menu combines owner Marc-Antoine Rambaud’s childhood culinary experiences with the influence of French-born chef Francis Bay, and  General Manager Tropez Aubour all born in Southern France. Chef  Bey’s approach and passion for introducing French cuisine continues to inspire him to combine authentic fresh ingredients with organic and seasonal dishes. His French Mediterranean menu classics are enlivened with imagination,  flavor, beauty and tradition.

               Be sure and bring your appetite for the amazing menu that is put before you. Where to start?

How about the Soup of the Day (chef’s selection) or how can you go wrong with the wonderful traditional French Onion Soup with caramelized  onions, gruyere cheese gratine’ & croutons

                You will immediately appreciate the complexity and sophistication of  Chef Bey’s cuisine with appetizers that like The Mezze  served with homemade pita, flatbread, kibbeh, falafel & spanakopita; incredibly delicious Foie Gras Au Torchon, homemade duck foie gras, brioche toast, fig chutney & frisee salad; fresh goat cheese & pistacchio tart made with fig, honey, Moroccan greens, orange blossom & argan oil; beets & burrata tower is an amazing blend of baby arugula, candied walnuts

& balsamic reduction; grilled octopus, broiled mussels, shucked oysters and poached Maine lobster salad.

               Bringing a taste of the Mediterranean, Bey mixes simplicity with sophistication along with some unexpected touches  in his elaborate entrees with his  fresh and clean flavors. Butternut squash ravioli with Russian kale, sundried tomatoes, snap peas and pine nuts; Scottish salmon that includes grilled veggies and ginger soy lemon vinaigrette; white sea bass, with seasonal veggies, medley Quinoa & harissa emulsion; toasted Maine lobster with black truffle farro risotto, steamed asparagus, roasted butternut squash & Armoricaine sauce; filet mignon with potato gratin, French beans, carrot & Bordelaise sauce; baby lamb shank, tenderly oven roasted, mashed potatoes, spinach & candied  carrot.; Couscous royale, lamb chops, lamb stew, chicken merguez sausage & harissa.

               The  dessert selection offers a nightly spectrum of tempting choices offered by your server.

               You will certainly need something to quench your thirst.  Specialty cocktails from the bar include Moscow Mule, Seasonal Rhubarb, 1792 Old Fashion, Pomegranate Margarita, Vieux Carre. There’s a wide selection of beers, and featured wines are from a cross section of Bordeaux, Loire, Cote de Provence, Spain, Argentina, as well as California’s Santa Barbara, and Napa Valley.

 

Great Westside/LA dining

               L’ami Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.mfeaturing breakfast and eggs; sandwiches and entrees: starters and salads. There is a special bar and lounge menu.

               L’Ami Restaurant is located at 246 26th Street, Santa Monica. (310) 310-8064 www.lamirestaurant.com

                                             Valet parking is offered dinner time.

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