Although the windows are still covered in paper, Alain Giraud's (Anisette) much anticipated Maison Giraud is about to open its doors. A tipster wrote in over the weekend to say that the restaurant was serving "those in the know," but management insists that they were only training staff for the past few days. Either way, with cooks in the kitchen, pastries on display, and a stocked marketplace, Giraud finally, finally opens to the public tomorrow morning.
Several years ago, the trend was for starred chefs to open a brasserie. They replaced the white tablecloths with butcher paper and served soupe l'oignon by the gallon. Giraud, one of LA's few four-star chefs, hopped on this trend with Anisette. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.
A chef of Giraud's caliber doesn't let financial messes get in his way. As previously reported, Giraud moved on from Anisette to launch Maison Giraud in the former Dante Palisades restaurant on Swarthmore Avenue in the Palisades. Noted design changes include a stone patio lined in Boxwood shrubs and fresh herbs; the patio will seat about 25.
The bakery, to open early in the morning, will supply the restaurant with fresh pastries, bread, and desserts throughout the day. To the left of the restaurant, a small marketplace has been carved out. It's filled with colorful French linens, dishes, and dried goods. The restaurant, a breezy pale green and beige room, sports white tablecloths and French bistro chairs. A wall-mounted chalkboard promises specials with seasonal produce: tomatoes, asparagus, black truffles, chanterelles, and pears. Maison Giraud will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily starting tomorrow.
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