If you haven't eaten at Michelia, you are truly missing out! My husband & I were told of this quaint little (just a sprinkling of tables in- & outdoors) restaurant by a former colleague of his. Usually we are somewhat disappointed by recommendations, because sadly we have become food snobs. We were more than pleasantly surprised when we walked into this tranquil bistro and began perusing their menu ~ French cuisine with a Vietnamese flair, and for a reasonable fair! The chef & owner (Kimmy Tang) has done a superb job of blending all the flavors of her native Vietnam and delivering every course with culinary excellence.\r
All of the appetizers are truly delicious (lamb dumplings are my husband's fave), and although the entrees are all quite yummy, you MUST try the Crispy Sole -- it's the house specialty. You will not be disappointed! This is the best seafood dish I've had here in L.A. -- it's panko crust is crispy, but not oily and the sole is cooked to perfection! Chef Tang offers an extensive vegetarian-only menu that is also quite delicious.\r
They have an extensive tea menu which is sure to soothe anyone's gastronomic soul. The bar is limited (wine & beer only), but what they do offer is quite good.\r
Reservations are definitely recommended, as they have their dining regulars who have standing reservations. A couple of nights we tried going on a Sunday, but the restaurant was closed -- please call ahead to confirm that Michelia's is open on the night you would like to dine. If you can, try to get a table next to the waterfall wall -- it adds to the tranquil dining experience.\r
It is so rare to find a restaurant that has received such universal raves about the chef, the service and the food in Los Angeles. Even for the pickiest of eaters this is a MUST-TRY, which will soon become a MUST-DINE.
Pros: Chef Tang is one of the best in L.A., the food & service are impeccable!
Cons: Parking is a little tight -- recommend Valet as a timesaver (located in front of restaurant).