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Anisette Brasserie: The Gift of Living Well

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Alain Giraud is a charismatic guy. He is the picture of a merry chef, walking through his restaurant in his whites, with a warm smile, raking his fingers through a pristine silver hairdo that only a Frenchman can pull off. And even when he whispered (politely) to me, "Madame, please don't take pictures of the restaurant", I could not help but smile and say, alright then. He is just that, how do you say... geniale.

Perhaps it is his personality, not just his food, which LA has been missing. Unlike many of the new restaurants that have opened in recent months, the service at Giraud's latest offering, Anisette Brasserie in Santa Monica, is friendly, efficient and not holier-than-thou. They seem genuinely honored to see you there, as opposed to the m-o of most LA restaurants where they expect you to feel honored to be there.

What to order at Anisette after the jump!