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Dining details: Le Saint Amour

August 19, 2009

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Le Saint Amour *

LOCATION

Le Saint Amour, 9725 Culver Blvd. (at Duquesne Avenue), Culver City; (310) 842-8155; www.lesaintamour.com.

AMBIENCE

Charming French brasserie across from the City Hall with a broad sidewalk terrace, woven rattan bistro chairs, red banquettes and welcoming French hosts. The food is straight-ahead French fare -- all the classics, including house-made charcuterie, onion soup and ile flottante.

SERVICE

Helpful and friendly.

PRICE

Dinner salads, $8 to $10; appetizers, $6 to $12; main courses, $15 to $24; sides, $6 to $7; dessert, $7. Lunch main course salads, $12 to $14; sandwiches, $12 to $13; main courses, $12 to $16.

BEST DISHES

Charcuterie plate, Lyonnaise sausage and warm lentil salad, soupe à l'oignon gratinée, merguez sausage with cumin carrots, braised lamb shank with flageolet beans, blood sausage with apple compote, floating island, crème caramel, café liegeois.

WINE LIST

Lean pickings from a list of French and California labels. Corkage fee, $15.

Details: Open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Parking in public lot on Watseka Avenue and on street.

Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.