A “French-inspired, California brasserie focusing on seasonal ingredients." Where have we read this before? Except that Terrine Restaurant, which opens Dec. 12 on Beverly Boulevard, actually fits the bill.
Years ago, restaurateur Stephane Bombet (@FrenchyFoody to his Twitter followers) ran nightclubs in Paris and St. Tropez. More recently, here in L.A., Bombet helped open Faith & Flower, Picca and Mo-Chica. Terrine is the first solo venture of his Bombet Hospitality Group.
At Terrine, Morningstar will be serving, paté de campagne, ("With a name like Terrine, we better have paté," said Morningstar), house-made boudin noir, charred radicchio and persimmon salad, octopus with toasted broccoli, and financier aux prunes with bitter almond ice cream and salted almonds. California seasonal ingredients: check.
Bombet and Renaud were also in charge of designing and transforming the former Pane e Vino space, which includes a back patio that seats 64.
Entering from the garden, oxblood leather banquettes now line the right wall below large, aged mirrors. The main dining room seats an additional 60.
So, yes: definitely a brasserie. With all the adjectives verified, now it's time to see if it all works on the plate.
Terrine is set to open Friday, Dec. 12 and is currently taking reservations.