I have never been a great cook as my husband and children can attest to. I do, however, think that I know good food when I taste it! While my experience with French food is limited, I am always game to try new gourmet food, especially when paired with excellent wine!
Dominique's Kitchen is a cozy café that gives you a chance to step into France as you walk in the door. I loved the French décor, beautiful photographs of iconic landmarks and cozy nooks where you can have intimate conversations or make new friends with like minded neighbors.
We had the fortunate luck of arriving on a Monday which meant Happy Hour was in full swing from 4-6PM.
We were offered a trio of appetizers to start off with. Black Olives, White Beans with Brie cheese and fresh rolls hot out of the oven. I decided to try the House Special White Wine to start. It was delicious! It was smooth, a bit fruity and went great with my sampler.
Now comes the moment I have been waiting for! The escargot. Do I dare? Why yes, yes I did. If millions of people around the world adore it, it is worth a shot. I was surprised to find the snails in a light garlic/pesto sauce. I thought for sure that I wouldn't care for it but how would I know if I don't try? While it wasn't my favorite appetizer, it was by no means what I expected! I actually enjoyed it!
Each sample gave us a new layer of flavor that complimented the next. Unsure of which to try next, we asked the Chef/Owner Dominique himself! Without hesitation he suggested the fried kale with parmesan shavings. I had never tasted anything like it and I will tell you I will go back again just for this!
While the appetizers were tasty, we wanted to try something with a little more substance for dinner. After asking what the specials were, I was excited to hear that my favorite mussels were on the agenda with a side of garlic fries. It was FABULOUS! I had to bring half home since there was no way I could finish it, even with Erin's help!
Erin ordered the grilled prime angus ribeye with green peppercorn, sautéed Russian banana fingerling potatoes and fresh asparagus. While I couldn't eat my dinner alone, she was in the same boat, though neither of us for lack of trying.
Nothing, in this quaint piece of France in Redondo Beach, failed to deliver. From the moment we walked in the door to when we waddled out, we were treated with individual attention with knowledgeable staff and superb food. I absolutely recommend Dominique's Kitchen to anyone wishing to visit France without the airfare, try Dominique's Kitchen! You can check out the rest of the menu here. The excellent wine list will lure you in and the gourmet food, will keep you coming back time and time again.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I received a dinner in return for my opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.