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dineLA October 2009: Pinot Bistro

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Pinot Bistro on Ventura Boulevard has seen may chefs come and go, some of them spectacular and some of them so-so. Previous chefs include such notable names as Octavio Becerra, Miki Zivkovic and of course, Joachim Spichal himself. Even Suzanne Goin has worked in the kitchen. We were excited to see what the latest chef, Hugo Veltman, has been cooking up and jumped at the invitation to try their dineLA menu.

The decor is the same -- low-key white tablecloth elegance. The bar area shows the real French influence, with black and white tiled floors and a long bar with a mirror behind. Part of the tiled bar area is being used as "bistro dining" filled mostly with lone lunch diners and those wanting a more informal environment. Light streams through the windows and the atmosphere is more lively than in the formal dining room.