photo credit: Shade Degges
If you quickly scanned the menu, you might think Juliet is just another expensive French restaurant. And in this case, the expensive part is still true, but this Culver City spot isn't your run-of-the-mill brasserie. Rather than a stuffy room filled with bistro chairs and accordion music, Juliet feels like a celebrity's Malibu farmhouse: a modern space with old-fashioned wooden floors and shiny white marble details, as well as sliding glass doors that open the room up to a breezy patio where you can picture yourself saying, "I'll take your coldest glass of white wine, s'il vous plaît."
Juliet isn't serving your standard-issue boeuf bourguignon, either. There's a good mix of dishes that aren't typical bistro standbys, like buttery veal sweetbreads in a silky maitake mushroom sauce and a briny, creamy whipped cod dip that's topped with little oranges pearls of smoked trout roe, plus a neatly deconstructed endive salad and crepes suzette topped with Grand Marnier syrup and glimmering citrus wedges. And similar to its sister restaurants Norah and Margot, Juliet knows how to make its food look gorgeous, from the symmetrical placement of olive slivers on the tuna tartare to the translucent apple gelee on a chicken liver tartlet. You're not going to get out of here for cheap, but for a solid French meal in a space that deserves its own Architectural Digest spread, Juliet is an enjoyable option from start to finish.
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