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Maison Giraud

Map & Directions 1032 Swarthmore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90272


LA Weekly's Description

Maison Giraud, which chef Alain Giraud opened in the Pacific Palisades in November 2011, is less a temple of classic French cuisine and more a quiet homage. The restaurant sits just at the edge of fine dining, neither too stuffy nor too casual. Your waiter may have a French accent and a clipped manner, and your table certainly will have a cloth on it. But that cloth may still have the faint ring of red wine on it from the previous diner, and the waiter may be absent for long stretches. These read like complaints but aren't really. Maison Giraud exhibits a kind of unconcerned elegance that suits it, and the neighborhood, well. Giraud's kitchen excels in simple luxuries: an eggshell, hollowed out and refilled with egg custard and savory chantilly and topped with caviar. Fat scallops come with a melting leek fondue for an appetizer so rich it could almost be an entrée. And Giraud gets the soufflé exactly right. Almost as big as your head, the lofty dessert is a sight to behold as it swooshes though the dining room on the way to your table. It is airy, hot, sugary and goopy in all the right ways.

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  • Jetset Extra on 09/17/12

    Chef Alain Giraud makes weekly trips to the farmers' market for the latest ingredients in an ever-changing menu of seasonal specials.

  • marigold s. on 03/04/12

    croissants are awesome!

  • Fabian A. on 11/30/13

    best croissants in LA.... magnificent place for Sunday brunch.

  • Brad V. on 11/24/13

    I would go so far as to say that you can find the BEST croissants here.

  • Frank G. on 11/23/13

    Great breakfasts and pastries, very nice place and service

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