Sunday, July 23, 2017

Spending Bastille Day at Taix French Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)

by guest blogger Bryan Tsunoda (discovering LA)

I look forward to eating out on the holidays of other countries because it is an opportunity to experience something new. For that reason, I enjoy eating out on the French National holiday of Bastille Day.
I was happy to learn that Taix was featuring bouillabaisse as their special that day. Given a choice or proteins, I veer towards seafood and within that food group, I prefer shellfish. Therefore, bouillabaisse satisfies that craving.

Visiting Taix is like taking a trip backwards in time. Driving into their lot, you are warmly greeted by a valet. Entering the restaurant, you walk down a dimly lit hallway. To your right is the bar and straight ahead is the maitre d' station. Inside the dining room are large comfy booths and frosted glass for privacy.

On Bastille Day, the male employees wore red felt berets. My server, however, was female and she wore a ribbon with the French national colors around her neck.

The Tour de France was taking place in France and Taix featured specials each race day. Even the highlighted wines were from areas near each stop on the tour. Also taking place through Friday is Dine LA and Taix is one of the participating restaurants.

When you sit down in one of their plush booths, you receive fresh sourdough bread and crudité. I ordered Claudia’s beet salad from the Dine LA menu and the special that day, bouillabaisse.
The beet salad was nicely plated. I like that the ingredients were chilled, the butter lettuce was crisp, the oranges were juicy, and the garlic vinaigrette complemented the beet salad.

The bouillabaisse contained monkfish, scallops, mussels, shrimp and steamed fingerling potatoes which were poached in a delicious lobster broth with saffron.

I paired the meal with a full bodied red wine from the Cotes de Thongue region. This is in the French Occitane province adjacent to the Mediterranean.

For dessert, I had a peach tart a la mode and a Coffee Français. The crust was flakey and the peach wasn’t too sweet. The caramel sauce made this dessert exceptional.
I coupled that with a French coffee topped with whipped cream. The peach dessert is also on their Dine LA menu. Dine LA ends this Friday, July 28. Be sure to take advantage of the specials available now.

1911 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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