Dec 2014

Petit Trois – Los Angeles (Hollywood)

Petit Trois - Hollywood

Following the tremendous success of Trois Mec, Chef Ludo Lefevre, along with partners Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal and Son of a Gun, opened Petit Trois directly next door.

Whereas Trois Mec is quite formal, requiring pre-paid reservations and featuring pre-fixe menus, its sister restaurant takes the opposite approach. Both, it must be noted, are truly fantastic places to dine.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

The Astronomer and I made our way to Petit Trois for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon. While all the seats along the kitchen-facing counter were taken at half past two, the ones along the opposite wall were free for the taking. We grabbed two stools and settled in for a feast of French bistro classics.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

Seated beside us was a stuffed rooster. The chef’s got a thing for le coq.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

To start: a hunk of baguette made by Zack Hall of Clark Street Bread, along with a crock of deep yellow butter. Though we found the bread a touch under-salted, its dense interior and crusty exterior more than made up for it, as did the properly salted butter.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

The Astronomer and I ordered three small plates and one main course to share. Our waiter and the kitchen staff were thoughtful enough to course out the offerings, bringing two dishes at a time to the table.

The first set of dishes included the jambon persillé ($10), a gorgeous ham and parsley terrine served with toasted and buttered bread, cornichons, and sinus-clearing mustard.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

Served in the tandem with the terrine was the steak tartare ($19). The seasoning on the coarsely chopped beef was perfectly balanced, while the tangle of fried shallots atop surprised me with its restraint. The fried shallots served in Vietnamese dishes can be very assertive, but the ones here were pleasantly delicate somehow.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

The next duo of dishes included an otherworldly chicken leg ($24) crusted with “brioche butter” and balanced with vinaigrette-dressed greens. Longtime Gastronomy readers know that I tend to shy away from ordering chicken, but under Ludo’s care, this bird sang the most beautiful song—crispy, buttery skin coupled with the juiciest meat ever.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

The final savory dish was the Burgundy escargots ($18). It’s impossible to go wrong with butter-soaked and garlic-kissed snails. More bread, please.

Petit Trois - Hollywood

To finish, we shared a slice of delightful chocolate cake ($10) prettied with caramel, whipped cream, and a generous dusting of cocoa powder. It really hit the spot.

Just the 3 of Us at Petit Trois

I’ll forever remember our lazy Sunday lunch here as the final outing before our longtime party of two became a party of three. Baby Girl made her debut less than 24 hours later…there must’ve been something in the butter.

Petit Trois
718 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

One year ago: Sushi Kanesaka – Tokyo
Two years ago: {swoon} “The Chronic” at Mom’s Burgers
Three years ago: Peppermint Sandwich Cookies with Candy Cane Bits (or Homemade Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s)
Four years ago: Sweet Lady Jane – Los Angeles (Santa Monica)
Five years ago: Porto’s Bakery – Los Angeles (Glendale)
Six years ago: Pizzeria Mozza – Los Angeles (Hollywood)
Seven years ago: Hủ Tiếu Bò Kho
Eight years ago: Brasserie Perrier – Philadelphia

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8 thoughts on “Petit Trois – Los Angeles (Hollywood)

  1. OMG! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Way to sneak that in at the end of the post, ha!) Welcome baby girl!!!!!! So happy for your family!!!!

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