I have been a frequent patron of Le Petit Chateau (or “LPC” as I affectionately call it). Located on Lankershim Boulevard not far from the 134 freeway, you can’t miss it. The building looks like it’s something out of a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, a little castle-like cottage on busy Lankershim.
When you walk in to the restaurant, you will be greeted by owners Andy and Christiane. The decor is old world in style, dark wood and a throw back to days gone by. The food is very good here, their desserts excellent and service is prompt, friendly and courteous. They have a full bar and I usually come here to meet up friends (an interesting mix; we’re definitely a motley crew for such a fine establishment) for drinks and partake in their shrimp/salmon cakes or crab cakes, “off the dial” fries (I have mine with a side of their gravy instead of ketchup) and their chocolate creme brulee or profiteroles! Every once in a while we will have dinner and on most nights, end up walking out with the service staff and closing the place down. They have valet parking in the back of the restaurant on Hortense or you can find street parking on the same street or on Lankershim.
My last outing there was just this past Friday with a group of friends and we sat in the main dining room in our usual corner spot by the fireplace. Our favorite wait staff was working that evening–John, Laura and Paris. We started out with a round of drinks (we finished off two bottles of Arrogant Frog, a French white wine) and placed two orders of their french fries, two orders of their shrimp and salmon cakes with a side salad and their mushroom caps. Of course, I was kicking myself because I had forgotten to take a photo of the fries! Oh well, looks like I’ll have to schedule a return visit. LOL!
For entrees, we ordered the short ribs in a merlot reduction sauce over fetuccine and steamed vegetables, a full order of the shrimp and salmon cakes, and salmon filet over corn with grilled vegetables.
For dessert, we decided to share a trio of desserts: their oh so decadent Chocolate Creme Brulee with extra whipped cream on the side, their Cappuccino Crunch Ice Cream (our first time ordering it and was enjoyed by all) and the Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream drizzled with a bit of chocolate sauce (another favorite of ours).
I encourage you to come out and experience Le Petit Chateau for yourself. It’s a little gem, an unsung French restaurant that I guarantee will not disappoint.