A perfect dinner at Le Pain Quotidien

The closest Le Pain Quotidien to our home in Los Angeles that serves dinner is the one located in West Hollywood on Melrose Blvd next to the Design Center, amid all the beautiful home decor shops.  The dinner menu at Le Pain Quotidien is rather small and one may be put off to have dinner here for that reason, but should you walk away because of the lack of choices then know that you will be walking away from an absolutely delicious dinner.  One may say that the lack of choices is made up by the deliciousness of every dish available on the dinner menu- this is what we found to be true the first night we decided to dine at Le Pain Quotidien.

The outdoor seating at the Melrose location is extensive, a white fence surrounds the raised platform where tables and seatings are set out, the twinkle lights give off a yellowish glow that is charming and the service is friendly.  Aside from busy Melrose with cars driving by on this Friday night the ambience is lovely and the scene (lines of beautiful home decor stores) are eye-catching.

Warm Moroccan Chicken Salad: cucumbers, arugula, chicken, chickpeas, harissa, olives, tomatoes

The Warm Moroccan Chicken Salad was only slightly warm from the cooked chopped bite-size chicken, this otherwise cold salad included sliced cucumbers, peppery arugula, chopped fresh tomatoes, buttery chickpeas, tangy harissa and roughly chopped black olives.  Each bite of the salad was tangy and well-developed in flavor with spices and sauce.  Surprisingly delicious that makes the palate hum, you'll never have a more delicious salad... and good for you! At least that's what was going through my mind with each bite.  If you are a salad-for-dinner kind of individual then Le Pain Quotidien's Warm Moroccan Chicken Salad is a MUST TRY!  Deliciously flavorful, healthy and fulfilling, it is the perfect salad-for-dinner.

Mushroom Whole-Wheat Lasagna:  Sauteed mushrooms, whole-wheat pasta, carmelized onions

The Whole-Wheat Mushroom Lasagna was an entree ordered to satisfy a curiosity.  Layers of chopped sauteed mushrooms, carmelized onions, cheese, whole-wheat pasta, topped with chopped tomato and green onion garnish.  I didn't know what to expect, my experience in the past with whole-wheat pasta has been sub-par so excuse me for being a pessimist.  However to my surprise, the whole-wheat mushroom lasagna was full of that earthy mushroom flavor I love so much, the layer of carmelized onion really brought it home, other than the usual bite that whole-wheat pasta has, the mushroom lasagna was very good.  The lasagna came out in a smaller healthier portion, on the bright side if you're planning to have an after-dinner coffee and a small pastry then you'll be right as rain.  The mushroom lasagna is a great vegetarian option to try.

Chicken Lentil Stew: Chicken, lentil, onions, tomatoes, spices

The Chicken Lentil Stew was quite a hit for me personally, hearty and flavorful with spices, almost spicy but not quite.  The stew contained pieces of chicken, tomatoes, lentils, green onions, carrots and onions.  

Double mocha

If there was anything to learn from having dinner at Le Pain Quotidien it was that the score was 3-for-3, and in my book that's not an accident.

Total Damage: $70.00 +/-

1 Mocha
1 Black coffee
1 Glass red wine
1 Chicken lentil stew
1 Mushroom whole-wheat lasagna
1 Warm Moroccan chicken salad

8607 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 854.3700

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