Tucked into what must be one of the worst-looking mini-malls in LA, Trois Mec operates under cover of the former Raffallo’s Pizza sign at 716 N Highland and is looking to double the seating for its prix-fixe, ‘ticketed’ multi-course tasting menu.
Described by LA food critic Jonathan Gold as a “coveted ticket to the cutting edge”, Trois Mec has quietly been serving up innovative cuisine by chef Ludovic Lefebvre with John Shook and Vinny Dotolo (of the popular 3rd St restaurant Animal.) The restaurant serves dinner only Monday through Friday and requires one to log onto the Trois Mec site to pre-pay for the $75 dinner (drinks not included) and eat what is served. It’s been booked solid since opening last spring.
A representative from Trois Mec spoke before the Land Use Committee of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council last week saying the restaurant was intending to expand into the Tasty Thai location next door in order to increase seating from the current 35 to a total of 60, and to create a ‘waiting area’ space. Currently, patrons must wait in the less-than-appetizing parking lot overlooking the 76 gas station at Highland and Melrose. Trois Mec will also be requesting a full liquor license and expanded hours of operation.
We asked Windsor Square resident and gourmand Angela Wilson Gyetvan what she thought of the ambiance after her visit to Trois Mec. “It’s nicely built out — mirrors and marble –kind of a surprise, given the exterior. Felt like a party,” she told the Buzz. Did she sit at the long communal bar that makes up much of the restaurant? “We sat at our own table, the restaurant was full and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The food was pretty spectacular. I co-owned a restaurant in the Napa Valley for years; it’s great to see that LA can go toe-to-toe with the Bay Area when it comes to adventuresome food.”
See our instructions in the Buzz article below for how to get your pre-paid tickets (not reservations) for Trois Mec, and take a look at the LA Times article if you want to see some of the food and faces behind the popular enterprise. Should Trois Mec get the City’s approvals to expand, we expect they’ll still keep their slick establishment under cover beneath the tacky yellow signs of yore.
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