Last week, my good friend Miki and I met up for lunch at the beautiful restaurant, Let Petit Paris, in Downtown LA. I love meeting up with other bloggers for lunch or coffee. It’s a great way to build friendships, support each other, and collaborate on projects. I mean let’s face it, taking a ton of photos of your food with a professional camera isn’t the most normal thing to do lol so it’s fun if you’re with someone who is clicking away on their camera with you. 😀
Le Petit Paris, Downtown LA
As soon as we walked into this restaurant I was in love with the decor. A single red rose adorned every table for a simple, romantic setting. There were huge black and white photos canvasing the walls and antiqued mirrors that led to a grand staircase at the back of the restaurant. The red velvet seating was my favorite detail, with plush pillows everywhere and ultra luxurious tufted seating. We had a hard time deciding where to sit since everywhere we looked there were cute little nooks and corners of the restaurant, each with it’s own unique character.
We were lucky enough to stop in during DineLA, which meant we each enjoyed a lot of food for an excellent price. This offer lasts until July 31st, so if you want to enjoy the dishes shown here, hurry up and make a reservation here! The special menu offered a three course meal, with two options for each course. We decided to get one of each and share everything so we could get a broad taste of what the restaurant had to offer.
The restaurant seems to follow it’s Parisian theme to a ‘t’, as everyone we encountered had a thick French accent, and of course the lovely French decor. It actually felt like we were catching up over lunch in France, rather than Downtown LA. Our waitress was so kind and talkative, telling us all about the restaurant and how she had just moved here from France 8 months ago.
After we ordered drinks, they brought us sliced bread with a delicious tomato spread. Each table had a large bottle of olive oil for the bread that is specially selected and imported from France itself. You’ll see photos towards the end of the post of their adorable boutique, where they sell the olive oils as well as made fresh daily macaroons and other delectables. This place is just too cute for words.
Our first course was Salmon Tartar and Beef Carpaccio. Both were very tasty, but my favorite was definitely the Salmon Tartar. The flavor was excellent and I really enjoyed the compliments of mango and shallots. It paired really well with my Chardonnay, both were light and refreshing.
The upstairs of the restaurant had several cute little spots that Miki and I were smitten over. I have to note that the upstairs gets hot very quickly, so it’s best to dress in layers you can remove if you plan on dining up here. Granted, we dined here on one of the hottest days in LA, but I thought it was still worth mentioning in case you get overheated easily.
Our main course was Duck Confit and Curry Mussels with homemade french fries. The curry sauce drizzled over the mussels was absolutely amazing. We ended up dipping everything into that sauce from the duck to the french fries. It was delicious, and I wish I could buy a jar of it to take home with me!
For dessert we enjoyed a French Apple Tart and some really excellent Creme Brûlée with bourbon vanilla ice cream. The Creme Brûlée was the star in my opinion, I could have eaten a whole one by myself if I wasn’t so full from all our other delicious courses. Next time I plan on trying some of their fresh macaroons, or at least taking a box home with me.
Miki and I met at a movie premiere earlier this year, and I absolutely love catching up with her over lunch during the week. It’s so fun to have some girl talk, some blog talk, and explore new and fun restaurants. Her blog is adorable with great fashion posts and travel tips as well. Check out more of her adventures and fashion at Mikialamode.com!
As I mentioned earlier, they also have a boutique at the front of the restaurant. The woman looking after the boutique told us (in her beautiful french accent of course) about their amazing olive oils and some other fun details about the restaurant. How adorable are those olive oil bottles though?? At first we thought they were bottles of fancy perfume!
For my outfit, I really wanted to play off of the Parisian theme. I stopped by Target in search of something with stripes and I’ll admit I got a little carried away…I think the only thing not from Target in this outfit is my belt. But hey, everything I bought was on sale or already at a bargain so I was happy! This striped dress is so incredibly soft, I didn’t even realize until I got home that it is technically a maternity dress! No, I’m not pregnant…hence the glass of wine…but for any of you with child or without- this dress is downright comfortable and cute.
Dress: Liz Lange (buy it HERE, mine is size XS)
Belt: GAP (buy it HERE)
Shoes: Mossimo (buy them HERE)
Bag: Merona (buy it HERE)