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Sunday, 15 August 2010 18:40

Atwater Village, CA: Canele

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Without realizing the back-story of Canele restaurant, I kept saying to my dining companion Leo that this restaurant reminds of a Manhattan neighborhood joint. Low and behold, the New Yorker in me instincts were right. Upon reading the Canele website bio of general manager Jane Choi, I learn of her history as the manager of Boutique Bistro Balthezar in New York. It is Choi's desire to the create the atmosphere of the Big Apple and she succeeds.

 Another area where Choi and Chef Corina Weibel succeed is with the food. We did not eat much but what we ate was pleasing to the eye and to the tongue. My dining companion had the herb roasted leg of lamb. Upon completing the meal, he said "I couldn't ask for more." Almost every bit of food was cleared off of his plate. He appreciated the light seasoning and crispy potatoes which complimented the lean slices of lamb. He also loved the blend of couscous paired with tomato. This was a winning combination and pretty classic for Mediterranean inspired cuisine.

 As for me, I had the Duck Confit with red rice. Duck always reminds me of my father always trying to serve something a little different for the holidays. This duck was perfecto! It looked appetizing on a bed of red rice, sauteed greens, wild plum sauce and toasted almonds which gave it a fabulous texture. READ MORE

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