Dinner Party at Mistral French Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA

Birthday Dinner Party at Mistral French Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA

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NOTE: We didn’t take pics for this Blog Post.
Originally we weren’t even going to write a Blog Post for this dinner party. So, only two pics of the food were taken (using the flash and we felt self conscious about doing it) .

Birthday Dinner Party early on Monday Evening. Reservation for 5:45pm.

Valet Parking ($7+tip) or Metered Street Parking? We valet parked.
We didn’t drive, instead we rode along as a passenger. There was FREE parking at the meters (because it was President’s Day, a national holiday) on Ventura Blvd across the street from the restaurant, but instead we paid to valet park the car.

(Hey, look it’s Michael Milken! They must be celebrating his Trump Pardon!)
NOTE: News about the Trump Pardons for the 11 guilty white collar criminals wasn’t made public until the day after our dinner party. Milken pled guilty to 6 felonies and was fined $600million on April 24, 1990: “I transgressed certain of the laws and regulations that govern our industry. I was wrong in doing so and knew that at that time and I am pleading guilty to these offenses.” He only served 22 months in Federal prison.

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Mistral Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA (not our pic)

Birthday Dinner Party! Table for 10, ready and waiting when when we arrived. Only nine people showed, because one had to work, and only one person was 20 minutes late.

(Hey, it’s Rick Chambers, TV News Anchorman for KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles!)

Why is it so dark inside the restaurant?
Why do I need a flashlight (phone light) to read the menu?
Holy Sh*t! Look at the prices! This is going be expensive.
The Wine List is RIDICULOUS (as in That’s a helluva markup!)

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Mistral Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA (not our pic)

“Gracious personalized service presents traditional French cuisine that is beautifully complemented by our luxurious bistro setting. Your grand celebrations to convivial family dining are equally at home in our elegant Bistro. Having been named one of the area’s finest dining establishments for over 30 years, join us to experience our lauded cuisine in an unparalleled and intimate setting.” 

And then we had a really nice gourmet dinner. The food and the service were both great.
On The Menu: tuna tartare appetizer, Caesar salad, steak with garlic slices, fries, bread & butter, chocolate soufflé, vanilla bean creme brûlée, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a coke.

Sparkling or tap water? Tap water with ice.
Red Wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon
(they have a $30 per bottle corkage fee if you want to bring your own)
Cheese Puff amuse bouche – small and tasty, bite-sized, warm, crispy, cheesy puff pastry
Bread and Butter – fresh baked, warm and tasty
Tuna Tartare appetizer w/8 small toast slices, small endive leaves, and 2 cucumber slices
Caesar salad – (we asked to have it packed “to go” because everyone else had their salad course while we ate our tuna tartare appetizer)
Steak (medium rare) with Garlic Slices and Shoestring Fries

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Steak with Garlic Slices and Fries

4 Chocolate Soufflés with whipped cream (for the table to share)
We ordered 3 at the beginning of the meal and one was added:
Complimentary for the “Birthday Guest”
Served with a candle and a chorus of “Happy Birthday To You!’
We had a small taste of the chocolate soufflé but also ordered a Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée for our dessert (and we passed on the coffee/espresso and just drank coke).

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Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée

NOTE: As we enjoyed our fancy expensive dinner, we watched homeless street people walk by the large picture window that faces onto Ventura Blvd and it was really weird.

Mistral13422 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA  mistralrestaurant.com

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

A rainy Wednesday night and it was someone’s birthday! (not mine)

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

We were going to have Indian food and a party at the house, but I suggested Dinner at Cafe Bizou instead! We made a reservation last week for a party of nine at 6:30pm. When we arrived the table was ready and waiting. Of course, we didn’t arrive all at once…

They have convenient Valet Parking on Ventura Blvd and there’s also parking in the rear. It’s also possible to find street parking because they’re not in the middle of restaurant row and I’ve parked in the bank lot across the street after hours on occasion.

The first thing you’ll notice when you enter is that it’s in a house that’s been remodeled as a restaurant. There’s a nice bar but the bar area is small, also functions as the waiting area, and the path of service runs through the bar to the dining room. The large dining room is divided into two spaces and each has a difference ambiance, but also the same.

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

They also have a “patio area” in front, which is enclosed, covered and heated at night. It’s a very nice place for an intimate and/or romantic dinner.

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks – “Patio Area”

The food is great. The food is reasonably priced. They have a good selection of wine at a fair market price and a very reasonable corkage fee if you want to bring your own bottle(s).

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On the Menu: Steak & Shrimp au poivre with baked potato, fried calamari, caesar salad, bread & butter, creme brûlée, chocolate covered profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and a coke. Also had a couple lamb chops that were orphaned and a taste of tiramisu.

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Fresh Baked Bread and Butter

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Fried Calamari

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Caesar Salad

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Steak & Shrimp with Baked Potato

And for Dessert: They brought the flourless chocolate cake with a candle for the birthday girl and half of us ordered dessert. I love their creme brûlée! I also had a little taste of the profiteroles and tiramisu, but passed on cappuccino or coffee.

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Creme Brûlée

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Chocolate Covered Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Tiramisu

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream

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We really like Cafe Bizou! It’s a very comfortable environment and the dress code is casual to dressy without comment. Diners in jeans, shorts and t-shirts sitting next to executives in coats and ties is perhaps too common an occurrence, but the restaurant really all about the great food and pleasant dining experience.

The service is excellent! The wait staff and busboys are constantly in motion, well trained and pretty attentive to the tables and guests’ needs. Refills and requests are handled promptly and the courses are timed out for dining at a relaxed pace.

Again, it’s very reasonably priced for fine dining and they have a nice selection of food! (Check out the menu above)

They are open for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner.
Reservations in advance are recommended because “you never know”.

Cafe Bizou
14016 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (818) 788-3536

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