Make An Occasion Out Of Lunch At L’Assiette Steak Frites
Steak is often reserved for special occasions fit for a lasting memory. But at L’Assiette Steak Frites, a new lunch menu has made that need for a distinctive event feel unnecessary. Tucked away on Melrose Avenue, this Parisian-inspired restaurant still maintains an upscale look – in part due to its vibrant red accents on an enclosed patio, a sleek bar near a wall of wine bottles, and tables covered in white linen – but its mid-afternoon atmosphere is casually welcoming. Light and breeze will come in from outside, but the surrounding noise will not.
While this lunch should come across as more relaxed than refined, the namesake meal manages to be both. Prepared with lean shares of Nebraskan beef known as the Coulotte cut, the steak frites is served with a rich sauce and a pile of golden pommes frites. Layer fries with slivers of steak on your fork, or eat the hand-cut side on its own, as you gradually empty your plate. You could also try the salade maison au bifteck, which tosses the same cut of steak in a colorful bowl of almonds, dates, goat cheese, and avocado.
When you can enjoy a relaxing lunch in the middle of a busy day, that’s reason enough to celebrate.
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Reyes.