Petit Trois…Los Angeles… A Little More Butter Please :-)

At Melrose and HIghland, L.A. (walking distance to Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza Chef Ludo's Petit Trois sits in a dive looking strip mall.  It's bar seating only, seats about 30 and is just delightful (and full fat for sure).

At Melrose and Highland, L.A. (walking distance to Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza) sits Chef Ludo’s Petit Trois – located in a dive looking strip mall. It’s bar seating only, seats about 30 and is just delightful (and full fat for sure).

For the past few years, I have battled keeping my blood sugar at a good level…recently my numbers jumped up and put me back into that type 2 diabetic stage… 🙁    So….I’ve decided to make a change.  While I normally watch my diet fairly closely and have gone through lots and lots of training on “how to eat as a diabetic”… something just isn’t working for me right now; therefore, after discussing a variety of options with a wellness expert, we determined my going with a reduced fat, “plant-based diet” for the next eight weeks (yep, vegan…but sshhhhh, “don’t say vegan out loud” she said…”people don’t like that word”).   I’ve gone plant based before…about 15 years ago, and remember how good I felt on that plan.  So, I am going for it.  My lab work is due at the end of August, and I am giving “plant-based” eating a shot to see if I can drop my numbers back to the normal range.  I am motivated!   I love a challenge and immediately embraced planning what I would eat, how I would prepare it and how tasty I could make it… However…I had a teeny obstacle before I could start.  My dear husband had reservations for us the next night at a “hot” new small French Bistro in L.A., Petit Trois.   I didn’t check out the Petit Trois menu before going, figuring there would be enough plant-based, low fat items on the menu to choose from, well, I was wrong.  It is a tiny place with a Parisienne flair and a delightful French Bistro menu … meaning EVERYTHING was authentic French … with butter to die for (almost literally for me I suppose).  I decided to embrace the situation (as not to hurt my husband’s feelings, who is always so supportive of my diet management)…and I treated this as my last full-fat, animal-style meal for the next two months…beginning with a lovely glass of Sancerre (chilled to perfection) to cut through the fat 🙂   It was seriously fabulous food, no wonder Chef Ludo (who was a judge on the short-lived cooking contest show called “The Taste” with Chef Anthony Bordain) is getting rave reviews for his bistro. Below are photos of our meal…starting with escargot…and the best crispy French bread and butter. I immersed myself in the environment and thoroughly enjoyed every morsel and all the butter!  Hurray for the butter!  I had enough to last my 8 weeks of going low fat!

Escargot drenched in clarified butter, herbs and garlic...and the best French bread and French salted butter...what a start to the meal mmmmmmmm

Escargot drenched in clarified butter, herbs and garlic…and the best French bread and French salted butter…what a start to the meal mmmmmmmm

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Escargot is one of their top menu items...we hadn't had them in ages...they are a meal unto themselves ...they had buckets full of them ready to order...

Escargot is one of their top menu items…we hadn’t had them in ages…they are a meal unto themselves …they had buckets full of them ready to order…

 

Our starter salad of tomatoes, creamy burrata, toasted bread crumbs, basil and a vanilla, lemon grass dressing was stunning (and NOT Italian they claimed...very French... I went with green beans topped with toasted almonds....drenched in butter of course...just perfect

Our starter salad of tomatoes, creamy burrata, toasted bread crumbs, basil and a vanilla, lemon grass dressing was stunning (and NOT Italian they claimed- NOT a caprese salad!…very French).. pictured below… I went with green beans topped with toasted almonds….drenched in butter of course…just perfect

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And then there was this...the last meat/animal product I plan to eat for 8 weeks... disguised under that beautiful frise herb salad is a crispy, golden fried confit style chicken leg...an excellent last meal choice if I say so myself (I just love chicken legs)

And then there was this…the last meat/animal product I plan to eat for 8 weeks… disguised under that beautiful frise herb salad is a crispy, golden fried confit style chicken leg…an excellent last meal choice if I say so myself (I just love chicken legs)

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Ludo has an interesting and mysterious looking full French restaurant next door to Petit Trois bistro…we will be checking this out soon (after August if all goes well with the numbers game I am attempting to manage).  It’s called Troi Mec and has an interesting reservation system…something like a lottery I gather.  Will check it out and let you know.  It is said to be exciting, unique and was named best restaurant in 2013.

The only bad thing about the whole experience…Petit Trois does NOT offer any tea service.  When I ordered tea…they said they could give me hot water with lemon, oh well…the rest of the meal was beautifully served in this relaxed bar, and clearly, professionally run kitchen.  Watching your meal being prepared in front of you in their tiny kitchen was cool too.

I had my cup of tea on the way home…a Starbucks run 🙂