Monday, September 14, 2009

Busting Out of Beverly Hills ~Cafe Stella~

I've recently been adventuring over to the Silver Lake area ... this is what I've found so far ;)

#1) CAFE STELLA ~ Silver Lake

This little French hideout is tucked just off Sunset in the artsy-chic Silver Lake neighborhood of which I'm becoming a HUGE fan. To find Cafe Stella, look for the red star. Seriously. Step into the beyond charming restaurant and let yourself, and perhaps your date, be whisked thousands of miles away to gay (as in happy) Paris :) The Red Bull buzz of Los Angeles seems oceans away as you sip wine and enjoy a rustic French inspired menu in an ambiance easily mistaken for a Parisian foodie form of heaven.

Most of the seating is outside in a lovely courtyard, but we sat inside at the bar where there are also a few tables. The owner was eating a delish looking fish dish so we said "We want that." Sadly, it was a "tester" entree, but the awesome bartender was sweet and let us order one. A thick steak of the snow white Halibut came pan-seared with basil and baked-until-burst cherry tomatoes , all resting on a creamy, root vegetable puree. The presentation was more stunning than the actual flavor of the dish. Fresh, fresh fish ... yes. But bland. Tres bland. Divinely salty truffle fries made up for the in-need-of-flavor fish and we left feeling cozy, full, and starry eyed thanks to 2 glasses of vin(t hat's wine en Français) and deux Chimay Beers.

3932 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029-2242
(323) 666-0265

XOXO ~ FoodFlirt~