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Acclaimed French chef Alain Giraud (Citrus, Bastide, Anisette) has tucked himself away in the hills of Pacific Palisades, where he’s serving low-key classic French to an ecstatic neighborhood. Photos of lavender fields adorn the wall along with pictures of a young Giraud. The bakery counter is a gallery of rustic baguettes and pain au chocolat. Diners linger, enjoying Côtes du Rhône table wines and unfussy dishes like crisp savory tarts, Mediterranean sea bass with clams and chorizo, and roasted duck with root vegetables. Here we find the best version yet of the chef’s signature vacherin glacé, set atop raspberry coulis. » 1032 Swarthmore Ave., 310-459-7561 or maison-giraud.com.