Gigi’s, A New French Influencer in Hollywood…LA Restaurant Review

Dilemma…is it worth driving to Hollywood for food?!

Gigi’s is worth the schlep.

The new Hollywood bistro which gives French fare a California twist drew me in with the menu and throwback influenced atmosphere.

I was not disappointed.

Gigi is diminutive and the appeal for someone sequestered in Coronaville is ample outside dining that does not compromise the appeal of the place.

When we turned off Santa Monica Boulevard onto Sycamore the street was instantly transported into a third world country…I was hesitant, but within one block there was a gleaming Sirius building, a Tartine bakery and Gigi’s.

The city is rehabilitating the entire area and it is now known as the Hollywood Media District with Netflix opening an office soon.

Gigi’s interior space is small, but carries an impressive wallop with the bar the centerpiece of indoor dining.

We sat outside and at 6pm it was busy.

Hannah, aka LaLa, our server is a fabulous woman who definitely added to the evening.

Cocktails were delightful.

David ordered a fabulous Smoke & Mirrors creation with tequila, violet, ginger, citrus and activate charcoal which created a unique hue. It was a liquid treat ($17).

I was prompted by LaLa to try a wonderful sparkling French rose, Chateau du Petit Thouars ($20).

We were welcomed with outrageous freshly baked bread and incredible butter.

With our adult beverages we munched on an amazing Kanpachi Crudo served with avocado and potato chips ($20).

This was followed by delightful Deviled Eggs topped with crunchy fried oysters. Although I have never been a fan, these deviled eggs were delectable ($18).

Dining at a French establishment, Escargot are a no brainer and these did not disappoint. The baguette that accompanied the escargot was magical and perfect for soaking up the butter and garlic sauce ($21).

To balance out the butter we ordered the hearty Little Gem Salad with avocado, marconas and feta ($22).

The Whole Roasted Branzino was superb and was served with an outrageous brown butter sauce with capers and lemon ($42).

The cheesy Comte Aligot Potatoes were decadent ($18).

There are other standouts on the menu created by executive chef Matt Bollinger, who cooked at Jean-Georges and Trois Familia, including a Seafood Tower, Regiis Ova Caviar dip, Moules ($29), a hearty Cheeseburger ($23), Whole Roasted Cauliflower ($24), Roasted Chicken ($31) and Steak Frites ($54).

It was a beautiful evening to feast outdoors.

Gigi’s is a keeper.

Gigi’s 904 North Sycamore Avenue Hollywood, California. Open Wednesday-Sunday 5:30-11pm. Street parking. Reservations on Resy.


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