French fare is somewhat under-served in LA, but Santos Uy of Bacaro LA and Mignon wine bar helps the cause with the launch of Papilles, his Parisian bistronomy restaurant open to the public on December 19.
As previously mentioned, Papilles, which takes over the former Raffallo's space on Franklin, will offer a weekly-changing menu with a selection of two appetizers, two mains, a cheese course, and two desserts -- costing roughly $25 to $40 for a meal without alcohol. By way of example, a menu might include: Volute of Butternut Squash with Butternut Squash Foam OR Salad of Root Vegetables; Braised Veal Cheeks with Polenta OR Filet of Trout with Quinoa, Beets, and Nettle Reduction; Mahon, a Spanish cow-milk cheese; and Poached Pear with Vanilla Ice Cream. Interestingly, Santos has done away with the notion of a conventional wine list, instead bottles of wine are stacked in racks along walls like a gallery and diners can choose at will. Optional wine pairings are available and will be the only way to score by-the-glass vino.
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