“French” = enticing. No matter how you slice it. French fries, French kiss (oo la la), French bread, French bistro, French Riviera, it all sounds pretty damn lovely right? I know plenty of Angelenos like myself with a persistent penchant for all things ‘a-la-Francais’, so when a new French inspired bistro presents itself and beckons, you answer to the call of nature.
Avec Nous is a self proclaimed “contemporary take on a classic French bistro” concept and – in less than one months time – has already made quite the impression on the LA foodie and dining scene. With the goal of bring St. Tropez vibes to the Hills of Beverly you get a clear sense of Avec’s vision through their polished menu, chic decor/design concepts and choice hotel location; all that appears to be missing are big hats and a beach. Avec Nous is completely giving Stella a bit of her groove back, so to speak. L’Ermitage has been and will always be one of LA’s finest hotels, but Avec Nous is the breath of fresh air the space needed – travelers aside, Avec Nous now gives us locals an excuse to pop over for a “mini getaway” ourselves! Even if it’s just for one meal.
When you finally stop by LA’s latest hot spot and you’re not already swooning over the velvet seats or the watercolor woman on the back of the menus, wait till the champagne cart rolls by. If that doesn’t do it for you, wait till you feast your eyes on and taste your first dish. And if THAT doesn’t do it for you… wait till you see the Sugarfina “adult” candy cart. It’s the simple things like velvet, decor, champagne and candy that really get me going, but when it’s done so well and so effortlessly right I can’t help but praise. And praise Avec Nous/Chef Olivier Quignon, PRAISE!!!
Favorite Cocktail | Umm… the champagne cart. The whole thing.
Must Order | Avec Nous focuses on drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean coast coupled with Spanish and Italian touches that compliment their French Riviera feel. You’ll find plenty of famous and familiar French dishes along with a few modern creations. You MUST order the Steak Frites – simple and pure perfection. Besides that I absolutely loved the beef tartare crostini, the Yellowtail crudo (Avocado Mousse, Watermelon Radish, Cacao Nibs, Passionfruit Dressing) and the Sea Scallops. If you save room for dessert, which I highly recommend, do the Sugarfina candy cart. And if you’ve got room for just one more, the chocolate and caramelia mille-feuille is a perfect “lighter” and not overly sweet treat.
Perfect Spot For | date night // hot new spot to check out // Instagramming // some of the most beautifully plated dishes you’ll ever see in a non Michelin star restaurant // cocktails at the bar // cozy patio // champagne and candy carts // quiet and cozy dining space // chic French vibes // parentals // large parties // an incredible wine list // brunch
Pro Tip | Forget your diet.
Fun Fact | “Born in the Northern French town of Beauvais, Executive Chef Olivier Quignon credits his Normandy upbringing and his family’s passion for food as his earliest culinary influences that still flavor his dishes today. His simple approach, visionary flavor pairings, and refined techniques are all reminiscent of his father’s culinary creativity, his mother’s home recipes, and his grandparents’ traditional Italian dishes.” – avecnous.com
Bonus Fact | There are two “tableside prepared” dishes available: A Cote de Boeuf and a whole head of cauliflower! Both not cheap, but I’d imagine worth every penny if you’ve got pennies to spend.
AVEC NOUS // 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, California 90210 // (310) 860-8660