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CLOSED - Anisette looks as if it has always been here, absinthe bottles rising to Heaven behind the zinc bar and upper walls tinted nicotine yellow, like an awkwardly narrow space that has thrived since the belle epoque in spite of the fact that it was originally designed as a bank. Chef Alain Giraud has a background in French haute cuisine perhaps unmatched by Los Angeles chefs, including decades in Parisian three-stars, a long stint as the chef de cuisine at Citrus and a term as the founding chef at Bastide. But at Anisette, Giraud isn't presenting a modern interpretation of French cooking, a chef's fantasy of French cooking or riffs on the theme of French cooking - the brasserie serves regular French cooking as designed by an amazingly skilled French chef, steak-frites and onion soup and winey house terrines, prepared with superb California produce and served by Santa Monica waiters who occasionally seem practiced at French diffidence. The rotating list of daily specials includes such old-fashioned standards as lobster Thermidor and duck a l'orange, done superbly well. Desserts are generally things like floating island, chocolate mousse and profiteroles. One goes to Anisette not to experience the new and revolutionary, one goes to be fed. Nearby city lot parking on Second Street free for two hours. See full review.
After a few days of mixed messages and not a little confusion, we can shut the door, literally, on news of Anisette Brasserie: the restaurant served its final meal Sunday night. "It was a good crowd... More »
Anisette Brasserie is open today, and will be open tomorrow. If you were wondering, given conflicting news to the contrary. A press release today announcing that the Santa Monica restaurant had closed... More »
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There may be nothing quite as satisfying on a quiet Wednesday afternoon as a late lunch at Anisette brasserie, the chard and nectarines from a morning at the farmers market tucked safely in the trunk of your car, your breakfast caffeine just... More »
Alain Giraud may be one of the least-known great chefs in America. He was overshadowed by Michel Richard during his seven-year term as chef-de-cuisine at Citrus, and his brilliant turn at Lavande, a grand, Provençal-style restaurant above the... More »
Located in a busy pedestrian mall, I thought this place would be expensive, pretentious, and have horrible food. Well, 1 out of three isn't as bad as 0 for 3. The food is really worth the wait and price in spite of the slightly stuffy staff and insane wait times. Definitely get reservations and warm up the credit card. Recommend: oyster flight, crab bisque, and of the seafood dishes.
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