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Côté Est in Highland Park Adds Brunch & Perfects Dinner

Approaching their third month in business, Highland Park eatery Côté Est has added weekend brunch hours while at the same time perfecting their dinner service. The York Boulevard restaurant, from the team behind Barbrix in Silver Lake and All’Acqua in Atwater Village, has become a destination for both locals in the neighborhood and those of us traveling from the other side of the 5 Freeway. After a short span of new restaurant jitters and hiccups, both large and small, Côté Est now feels like a well-oiled machine and it’s difficult to imagine a time when the restaurant wasn’t a favorite meeting place for this tight-knit community.

At Côté Est, the East-side has gone Gallic with classic French bites (think escargot, salads, steak frites) with a twist or two each, plus a full cocktail menu, charming wine and beer lists of both local and French bottles. And for wine lovers, I’m happy to report they offer wine service for personal bottles at just $25 per 750ml. And, it should be mentioned, Côté Est now has the honor of boasting Highland Park’s best outdoor patio (Sorry Cafe Birdie! You’re a close second!). Even on a chilly night, heat from the beautiful fireplace was enough to keep our party warm. Or maybe that was the second bottle of Chateau Le Payral ’15 Bergerac.

Perhaps begin with the charcuterie board, which includes pork rillettes, bayonne ham, rosette de lyon, and smoked duck breast. One of my favorite things about Côté Est is that it’s equally delicious for both meat eaters, seafood types, and veggie lovers. A board of les fromages will set your table back $22 dollars for 3 cheeses or $35 for 5. Their most recent selection included Epoisses cow FR / Brillat-Savarin cow FR / Ossau-Iraty sheep FR / Tomme de Savoie cow FR / and Humboldt Fog goat CA.

Another great thing is that our servers have always been knowledgable about the wine list and the menu. Despite the restaurant being busy all of the times we’ve been, we’ve never been rushed to order our entrees and instead have been invited to sit back and relax. So for the table I’d also order the Sugar Snap Peas with mint pistou, and almonds.

And of course the Kennebec fries with a Espelette Aioli that you’ll want to bottle up and take home with you. They are the perfect hors d’oeuvres as you and your party enjoy your first bottle.

Other favorites to share include the Escargot which is sautéed with garlic butter and paired with celery root puree, stuffed with agnolotti pasta, and topped with hazelnut.

And the Steamed Manila Clams with coconut broth, fish sauce, ginger, and lemongrass is a must for any occasion.

At this point you may imagine your group getting full. And while the salads are delicious, especially the Smoked Trout with little gem, crème fraîche, fennel, radish, & dill and Beets & Endives with blue cheese dressing, pears, currants, and pistachio you didn’t come for the salads. You came for the delectable and divine entrees. For steak lovers I’m not sure it gets much better than that Steak Frites dish below. Although what I’ve been craving since my last visit is another taste of the exquisite Loup de Mer – which means Wolf of the Sea. The Loup de Mer is a beautiful heart shaped branzino, filleted open with flawless Brussels sprouts and gorgeous red tobiko, sautéed perfectly with a crispy bottom.

And be sure to save room for dessert. The Apple Galette is simple and tasty without feeling too heavy or decadent.

All in all, what did we do before Côté Est? I’ve met guests coming as far as Santa Monica, yes West of the 405, to taste this menu. My compliments to Chef Alex Ageneau, this restaurant is simply fantastic. And I haven’t even been to brunch yet but if it’s anything like what they’ve been teasing us with on their Instagram, I’m sure to be there soon.

Here are a few photos of their new brunch to whet your appetites until next time. Enjoy!

All photos courtesy of Côté Est. Follow them on Instagram.

5022 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90042

Dinner:
Sun – Thur / 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat / 5pm – 11pm

Brunch:
Sat – Sun / 10am – 2:30pm

Bar Open:
Every Day / 5pm – Closing

Happy Hour:
Sun – Fri / 5pm – 7pm

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