Comme Ça: A Real Bistro on Melrose
Brunch at Comme Ça (Chef David Myers of Sona) is quite a treat. I had not done DineLA Restaurant Week there as they had priced themselves in the $44 category, which would have cost $1-4 more than the menu. Even so, I could not resist the temptation of eating here at lunch.
The atmosphere is nice, though their heat was turned a bit high the day I was there. They have several nice cocktails for brunch at about $14, which seemed somewhat expensive, and I wanted wine anyway. The brunch menu is much broader than one would expect, though does have a lot of egg options. I don’t like eggs. I just don’t like them. But if you do, they look like just the things you would like.
I was dining with one other person and we ordered three dishes and a carafe of rosé ($14), which provided about three glasses of a nicely crisp french rosé. The steak tartare ($12) was certainly one of the best preparations I’ve ever had. We also had the salmon tartare ($12). I found the salmon too finely chopped and a bit mushy, but my companion loved it more than the beef.
The Angus burger ($14) we had split because we were sharing everything, so they offered to cut it and served it cut side down. I have to say it is the best burger I’ve had thus far in LA. Extremely flavorful beef with an engaging slaw like preparation of onion, cheddar cheese, and a crispy grilled bun. The frites were twice fried and crispy, though slightly golden and overcooked for my taste. Nice ketchup. Wonderfully homemade mayonnaise. Given the quantity of food, we shouldn’t have had the two appetizers as one would have been more than ample.
The service was very pleasant and accommodating and judging from the many people there, it had a true bistro atmosphere where other new arrivals cheerfully saw others they knew. Well, I didn’t see anyone, but other people did. A highly recommended, though not cheap, brunch choice. I can’t wait to try dinner.
8479 Melrose Ave.
By John Oliver for LAist