Culver City Observer

“Get a Life…A Night Life That Is!”

By Thomas Young and Maureen Tobin

Joie de vivre (zest for life). Expect lot of it at La Dijonaise Café et Boulangerie, Culver City. This simply fabulous French restaurant is worth putting on your “favorites” list. Accolades go to Pascal and Thanh Donzel who have owned it for almost 3 years. They are one inspiring team and know exactly what it takes to run this successful, admired restaurant. Of course La Dijonaise is Zagat reviewed, along with KCAL and the Travel Channel. Most recently they were honored in Los Angeles Magazine Top 100 as the best croissant in town. Though the croissants are amazing, with Pascal making all the marvelous pastries, each entrée and meal is a celestial experience and the prices are so very low.

Arriving here, you first notice the stunning space in the historic landmark Helms Bakery building with its expansive windows, high ceilings and wide open feeling. Dine inside or outside on their delightful patio. Either way, the atmosphere is sublime. The menu is extensive along with a satisfying wine list. We suggest you indulge in the escargot, soaked in the best garlic butter. If you are an onion soup aficionado, it is unsurpassed. Thomas had his favorite Boeuf Bourguignon which is definitely a house favorite, steeped in Pascal’s favorite sauces. Maureen had another house specialty, the Poulet Dijon, incredible flavors and the tenderest, juiciest chicken. We both took half home but of course we found room for desserts, in a class by themselves, which summoned us and made our eyes roll in bliss. Whether you come here with your paramour, family, friends, know that your experience will evoke a wondrous sense of well being.