Just like the Bordeaux dessert Canele restaurant in Silver Lake is named after, its menu and dining room have similar attributes of a simple yet complex fusion. Most eateries in Los Angeles follow the latest trends and Canele is no different with their local farmer’s market ingredients picked for simple and desirable dishes. So desirable in fact, reservations are not an option due to the small size of the restaurant garnering large crowds.
Luckily, for us, we were able to access a small table in the French-American restaurant’s dining room with a view of the bustling kitchen. Chef and co-owner, Corina Weibel was busy welcoming guests while Chefs in the kitchen were creating the kinds of unpretentious food the spot is known for. With its European-neighborhood-bistro feel, we were curious to know how the food actually matched up.
For dinner, the menu is standard with a beginning, middle and end. We decidedly went through the menu in a structured order beginning with appetizers first. From soups and salads to cheese pairings it was a difficult decision. Ultimately, we started off light with the Dandelion Salad with capers, parsley, garlic, croutons and sherry vinaigrette. The farmer’s market selections were evident in this fresh and flavorful salad.
Ready for something to satisfy our cravings, our first “Middle” order was the drool-worthy Bistro Steak. The meat was drizzled in sauce bordelaise, a classic French sauce named after the Bordeaux region of France famous for its wine, and expertly made with dry red wine, bone marrow, butter and shallots. On the side under a bed of creamed spinach was another French inspired side, pommes Anna. The sliced, layered potatoes were cooked to the perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture. The combination all-together, magnifique!
Next we ordered the Boeuf Bourguignon, also called the beef burgundy. The savory aroma of the slow-cooked beef infused with red wine was a rich treat delicately prepared. Although the typical dish is that of the stew alone, Canele adds thick, buttered egg noodles to the mix and mushrooms on top for a recipe unique to the restaurant.
Although quite full from the delicious entrees, there is always room for dessert. In the “End” portion of the menu we decided to pick the most exotic sounding dish to have an authentic French experience. When the Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce were served, they were not as foreign as we had imagined but the taste was incredible. The profiterole is a cream puff pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream or in our case ice cream. Topped with hot chocolate sauce, this was a true French creation.
Canele may be in a city known for its cold shoulder but if you’re looking for a warm place to feel at home, we recommend this French inspired restaurant and a spot near the window with a bottle of wine and friendly conversation.