Alain Giraud, who recently had to close his Santa Monica brasserie Anisette, will be back in the kitchen for one week, with a guest-stint at Pasadena's Cheval Blanc Bistro from November 30th to December 4th. The chef has stayed busy lately, with an appearance at Test Kitchen and preparing a course at Providence's Bocuse d'Or dinner this week, as he gets ready to open a new French restaurant, Maison Giraud, in Pacific Palisades. During his short run in Pasadena, Giraud will be assisted by Kornelija Welles, a manager at Parkway Grill, who a press release informs us once cooked with the chef at Bastide. Check out Giraud's farm-driven menu for Cheval Blanc below and make reservations at 626-577-4141.
Cheval Blanc Bistro, 41 South De Lacey Ave. Pasadena.
Cheval Blanc Bistro
Duo of Farm Eggs "Town and Country"
Farmers Market Vegetable Soup, basil and almond pistou
Butter lettuce with "Anisette" vinaigrette
Maine Scallops, pistachios, and lemon emulsion
Black cod Mediterranean, clams and chorizo
Crispy chicken filet, vegetables Provencal, natural jus
Maine lobster, tomato, cognac sauce, and tarragon
Grilled lamb sirloin, pommes boulangeres, garlic jus
Beef tenderloin, mushrooms, black truffle sauce
Strawberries "Gaviota," malt ice cream, almond and chantilly
Chocolate and hazlenut crunch, orange sauce
French cheese plate, condiments
Meyer lemon souflee, citrus marmalade
Blanc manger, passion fruit sorbet