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“The Greatest Croissant in the World Finally Discovered”
Review of Maison Giraud

Maison Giraud
Ranked #4,000 of 10,239 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: LAX Area
Cross street: Sunset Boulevard
Reviewed June 21, 2012

Maison Giraud in Pacific Palisades has the greatest croissant in the world, period.

I'm a travel, food and wine writer specializing in culinary tourism and I travel the world in search of great eats.

Well I've found the best croissant in the world and it's not in France, it's at Maison Giraud Restaurant and Bakery in Pacific Palisades, California. The croissant genius is baker /pastry chef Noubar Yessayan, who's been with chef/owner Alain Giraud since his days at LA's top French restaurant Bastide and through his time at Anisette in Santa Monica.

Noubar makes great breads and pastries, but the croissants are a tour de force. I'm addicted to the ham and cheese and usually get two with my coffee. The butter literally oozes out of the pastry. Get a big napkin. They are only available on the weekend. During the week you have to make do with the simple butter croissant, also a masterpiece. If you don't get to the restaurant before noon chances are you will not get to try the greatest croissant in the world, he sells out every day.

For a change try one of the fruit tarts or for the chocoholic, get the pain au chocolat.

Maison Giraud opened in November last year and is doing a bang up business in Pacific Palisades, which sorely needed a high end restaurant. Prices are decent, there's a nice wine list, inventive menu which bows towards Provence, and in parking space challenged Pacific Palisades the restaurant has its own lot in the back, and it's FREE!

Alain has seasonal menus using local ingredients and features a daily one plate special called a "cocotte," that can range from bouillabaisse and moule frites to cock au vin, duck confit, beef bourguignon, etc., whatever the market dictates and the chef feels like making. Alain gets much of his produce at the local Farmers Markets and has special items grown for him.

They have just started serving a full breakfast specializing in egg dishes, from omelets to quiche, and offer a to go menu, currently featuring a free range roasted chicken dinner with all the fixing for $10 per person (minimum four). Desserts remain one of Alain's strong points, try the homemade lavender ice cream with a berry coulis or the tarte tartin.

New acoustic materials were installed last month which lessens the ambient noise inside the restaurant and the comfortable front patio features heaters when the chill comes in from the nearby ocean.

Alain's wife Catherine runs Lavender Blue, the shop next door to the restaurant, which has linens and other products from Provence.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the popular weekend brunch includes Bellinis and Mimosas.

Maison Giraud, 1032 Swarthmore Avenue, at Monument Street off Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, 310-459-7562 or maison-giraud.com.

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Reviewed January 4, 2012

In a little over a month, Maison Giraud has established itself as the best restaurant in the Pacific Palisades Village.

We have visited for dinner and brunch, and every dish was excellent. The food is as good as at Alain's former space, Annisette, while the preparations are slightly more casual, and the prices are notably more affordable. The fish was delicious, but the portions could have been a wee bit larger. The baked goods, prepared fresh each morning, are fantastic. Service in the evening could have been a bit more attentive, but I anticipate that will improve with time. Our servers were knowledgeable about the food preparations and wine list.

The lone drawback, as mentioned by an earlier reviewer, is the noise level in the room. The glass and brick walls make for a harsh and loud noise environment. This noise is NOT a problem out front in the fairly sizable sidewalk seating area, so I expect that will be a very popular spot when the weather warms up in the Spring and Summer. The restaurant already has attracted notice -- every table was full, and we had to wait 30 minutes, when we walked in on a recent Thursday night, so call ahead for a reservation.

Thank you, Alain, for coming to Pacific Palisades!

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Reviewed December 28, 2011

The decor is simple, neat and clean, the atmosphere vibrant, service friendly, informal but attentive and the food is excellent. Our choices on the day after Xmas included pre-fix menu and a la carte entries and all dishes had the distinct flavor and appearance of prepared from scratch, fresh and tasty. Most impressive that evening were the char and the sea bass. Very good wine list plus soufflé prepared the old fashion way provided a perfect evening meal. And surprisingly, the price was very reasonable for the outstanding fare. Mr. Giraud’s previous restaurant, Anisette at Santa Monica, was one of our favorites but subjectivity aside, his current establishment serves up food just as good, perhaps not in as grand and trendy a setting as before but feasting of the eye is rewardingly compensated with feasting of the palate.

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Reviewed December 14, 2011

This restaurant has been a long time acomin' to the Palisades business district--11 months of remodeling the comfortable old Dante's with some permit delays--but it's a fine new resource for this upscale bedroom community. Here's the short of it: fine, fresh, imaginative and pleasing dinner as only the French can make in a pleasant atmosphere spoiled by the aural brightness of the room. Three of us had a great meal last week but my two companions have mild hearing problems and the harsh noisiness of the room (which was 3/4 full in the early evening hour we were there) led them to declare they'd never want to return because they couldn't have a conversation. To me, the vegetable soup was so "essential" and the main course mussels so perfectly cooked and gently sauced, that I would put up with having to say everything to my wife two times in order to repeat such gastronomie.
Several friends had been to Maison Giraud before us and complained about the slow service. Actually, the service was helpful and attentive, although perhaps the kitchen was a little slow in light of our preliminary discussion with the waiter that we needed to order food that would come out the quickest so that we could get out in 90 minutes to go to a concert.
One final hint. Come by in the morning and pick up a croissant and a blueberry danish. Judging by the buttery flavor, I'd have to say it's literally true that they are to die for. I wouldn't have one often--this is triglycerides baked in heaven to lure you there before your time--but these pastries are as exquisite as any in the world!!

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Reviewed June 2, 2016
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