A small classic French Brasserie run by genuine French people and patronised by French expats, Little Next Door feels like stepping into a little piece of Paris.
Its famous sister restaurant, ‘Little Door’ is only open for dinner, so Little Next Door is an all-day affair, literally next door.
With its geometric 1930s ironwork, arched pagoda covering the 42-cover front patio and matching blue-painted ironwork on the shopfront, the effect is one of authentic age and heritage.
The white Carrera marble counter bar top that greats you on arrival displaying a delicious selection patisserie only adds to the effect. Oh la la!
The wrap-around bar creates an L-shape dining space and shields the rectangular kitchen and back of house, which seems to take up a big portion of the interior space. Without the patio, there would only be about 24 covers plus 8 stools at the bar.
The menu and the food is high quality typically French (in a good way). With wines offered in flights, it gives people a chance to sample three from the wide menu, which is also displayed by wonderful diamond patterned wall shelves running the full length of the interior from front to back behind the banquet.
The copper tabletops are stained with water rings from glasses, adding to the sense of authentic antiquity (a rare treat in this modern city) and give the impression of heritage, creating an illusion that the place has been around for years. Perhaps it has! See, I can’t be sure.
They also reflect a lovely warm glow onto customers’ faces, making everyone look like they're glowing with health - especially after three glasses of champs!
Little Next Door, 3rd St WeHo (West Hollywood to those not in the know!) www.littlenextdoor.com
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