Is It Any Good?

Brasserie cooking in Beverly Hills/West Hollywood.

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It sits hidden among the boutiques and shops of Beverly Hills. It’s signage is so subtle, you’d almost miss it if you walked on by. When you walk in, you’re surprised by the warmth and the ambiance of the setting. This is Comme Ça, and I think you’re going to like it.

It’s very strange to walk into a restaurant of this caliber, in this neighborhood, and be surprised at how easy going and good feeling it is. Let’s be honest Beverly Hills is not known for it’s down-home comfort style eating. In fact every time I eat in Beverly Hills it feels like I’m intruding.

No, seriously. No matter what part of town I wind up in, I always feel like I’m in the wrong place.

But not so here, at Comme Ça they made me comfortable the moment I walked in. I felt welcome. I felt at home. And like I said, the more than that the food was good.

The first thing I noticed when I walked through their relatively darkened door was the candlelight. Nothing says warmth like a bunch of flickering candlelight. Nothing says romantic mood either.

Why, oh why am I meeting two married friends here, instead of a date. Damn. I’m going to have to remember this place and come back here again just for this.

By the way, would it surprise you to learn that Comme Ça…is a chain.

Well, a small chain.

I know. I know…still, we won’t hold that against them. After all their other branch is in Vegas, on the strip.

Still, what we’re after here is good, Brasserie cooking. Now, what is Brasserie Cooking? Well, according to ye olde Wikipedia, a Brasserie is a type of French restaurant with a relaxed setting, which serves single dishes and other meals. Also, the word brasserie is also French for “brewery” and, by extension, “the brewing business”. A brasserie can be expected to have professional service, printed menus, and, traditionally, white linen—unlike a bistro which may have none of these. Typically, a brasserie is open every day of the week and serves the same menu all day.

Yeah, that sums up Comme Ça pretty well. Single dishes and other meals? Check. Relaxed setting? Definitely, check.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: My, I have seen me the insides of a lot of French places recently. So, I conducted my usual field test. I went with the French Onion Soup as a starter. They didn’t redesign or rethink the French Onion Soup, they just gave me French Onion Soup. What I’m learning over time is that you sit on a balance between the Onion and the Beef Stock. Comme Ça leans mover toward the onion, and the sweetness of that flavor is the first thing that’ll hit you. A place like Bouchon learns more toward a heavy, beefy stock. Either way, I want me a burst of flavor when it first hits my mouth, so I left more than happy from Comme Ça.

Next, I went for the Short Ribs. Well, at least the Short Ribs that were on the menu the night I was there. (Unlike the Brasserie definition found in Wikipedia, Comme Ça does change its menu on occasion — something this Blog thinks is a good idea). Why did I go for the Short Ribs? Well, I asked out very pretty Waitress what she would choose between the Steak Frites and the Short Ribs, and she said “definitely, the Short Ribs.”

Well, that took care of that.

What do you want from me?

Now, I’ve never seen Short Ribs served to me in a bowl before. That’s different. Amidst a gastronomic mosh pit of what felt like lentils and spices, this was a remarkably different take on what I’ve been used to, when it comes to Short Ribs. I’d call it a soup of a stew, but there’s really not that much soup or stew to make it count. You ordered Short Ribs and these are still Short Ribs, just sitting in about a half inch of it’s own marinade. They were cooked to perfection. You could cut it with a sharp look, and the “stew” portion of the meal was quite tasty, and just a little bit elegant. Would I have it again? In a heartbeat.

 

PARKING: Given the fact that Comme Ça is in Beverly Hills, you couldn’t expect to hold it’s Beverly Hills-ish nature back for very long.

Basically, what I’m saying is your Parking choices are Valet, Valet or Valet.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Comme Ça
8479 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tel: (323) 782-1104

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday: 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm