Le Saint Amour

sommelier_p Photograph by Jessica Boone

This comfy brasserie is owned by chef Bruno Herve-Commereuc, who with his wife, Florence, opened (and three years ago sold) Angelique Café downtown. What differentiates Le Saint Amour from the spate of brasseries is its authenticity. Herve-Commereuc is from Normandy and is a master of charcuterie. Appetizers—a melty foie gras terrine, a tart herring fillet—are followed by a superb grilled rib eye with pommes frites, or a delicate whitefish served over warm lentils. The only misstep was a blah monkfish. Sink your derriere into a banquette and your spoon into the chocolate-orange mousse, and you’ll think Culver Boulevard is the Boulevard St.-Germain. » 9725 Culver Blvd., Culver City (310-842-8155). L Sun.-Fri.; D nightly. Beer and wine. Brasserie $$$ 

Photograph by Jessica Boone