Amidst the industrial buildings on Exposition and across from the Expo-line tracks sits the Authentic French Normandie Restaurant, Bistro & Bakery owned by the hardworking Chef Josette LeBlond.
After leaving the Wellington Sq. Farmers market, my friend and I decide to enjoy Sunday afternoon lunch. We easily found a parking spot and were met with the charming sound of French conversation as we searched for a table under the shady, colorful and inviting outdoor patio. Surrounded by greenery and a tree-lined street it was easy to imagine a little neighborhood in Paris. We went inside to order and took a moment to notice the fresh breads and gaze at rows of perfect French pastries, cakes and pies worthy of a Wayne Theibaud painting.
The menu was extensive, very affordable and choosing was difficult. There was French onion soup and escargot, chicken mint salad, quiches, blood sausage with eggs, omelettes with names like Campagnarde and Macrocaine. My mouth watered over the descriptions of the Gratin Dauphines (slices of layered potatoes made with cream and cheese) and the smoked salmon plate.
Meat lovers will struggle to choose from entrees like chicken crepes, duck confit, Steak Hache (fresh ground beef, served with fries and a salad) or the Merguez plate, (beef and lamb sausage). With a wide variety of cold and hot sandwiches you can see why trying to decide can become a nail-biting experience. Neither my friend nor I had eaten breakfast so, as we polished off the basket of “light on the inside, crunchy on the outside” bread, she ordered the French toast and I had a Normandie omelet with tasty rosemary sautéed potatoes. There was only regular coffee available but it was strong, smooth and robust.
I couldn’t leave without trying the pastry and settled for the creamy raspberry mouse nestled in a light shell of white chocolate.They had some ready-made food including pate’s and I opted for the delicious taboulie/couscous which I ate over three days with veggies or in salad.
Chef Josette, founder and President of Normandie Pate is at the center of a culinary empire. She also owns Normandie Bakery and Coffee on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and on Sunset Boulevard; another Normandie Bakery and Restaurant in Marina Del Rey as well as a French bistro in Las Vegas. Thank you Chef Josette for planting your roots in our community!
3022 S. Cochran Ave. 90016 (at Jefferson). 323.939.5528
Mon-Fri 7am–5pm; Sat. 7am-4pm; Sunday Brunch 8am-3pm.