good incompetent service, slightly crunchy bread, favorite restaurant, longer recommend place, cold fries, good salad, very slow service
Crepe shoot. We eat at Angelique often. We love their food, especially the banana chocolate crepe. We have never gotten rude or inconsiderate service, although we agree the service can be very slow at times. Our main gripe is that often our food is not served at the same time. I think is a result of poor cooking timing, but can't be sure. However, being a French cafe, and having spent time eating in Paris, it doesn't strike us as unusual. It is annoying for us Americans, but seems to be standard practice for the French. All in all we like the atmosphere, love the food and hope the service gets better. Side note: we have a dog and they always treat him well.
End of an era.. Angelique has changed ownership and I'm absolutely distraught over it. They used to make the best goat cheese salad in the world, but they've changed both the salad and the dressing. They've done away with many of my old favorites, like duck confit, and they've upped the prices without upping the quality. I haven't been in such deep despair over a restaurant since Chateau Marmont changed their burger. This is an absolutely horrendous development.
wow. and not in a good way.....
I was somewhat excited to visit Angelique despite the bad reviews, it just looked very cute (from the outside)
When we arrived we were told to just sit anywhere we wanted, we did and we were brought water and bread. Good start.
Then we sat there for twenty minutes before a flustered waitress, stormed over to our table and with with a frustrated sigh went "Ugh. OK". We preceded to order. She almost walked away without taking a drink order (something that really irritates me)
We then waited half an hour before my friends meal was brought out and a small salad came out for me (I didn't order it and the waitress insisted that it came with it and first and that my steak would come after) My steak came almost 10 minutes later. It was really really thin and really really tough (I'd ordered it medium rare) I pointed it out to the waitress, she didn't offer me anything just a short apology and walked off. I was still charged full price for the steak. What made it worse was the fries were cold and overcooked as well! Maybe if they hadn't made me wait for it they would have got the cooking times right!!!
It's a shame the place could be so lovely, the waitress seemed rushed and fed up (I'm a waitress I know it's not easy but c'mon!) she kept rushing off somewhere but there didn't seem to be that many other customers. I didn't feel relaxed, the food was really bad and I certainly won't be going again!
End of an era.. Angelique use to be one of our favorite downtown eateries. However, on our last visit, signs are that the ownership may have changed. The service was painfully lacking. We received no bread until we asked for it. The woman we assumed was the manager did not remove herself from the register, despite our signaling, which indicates a shift in priority from food quality to profits. It felt like the staff was actively avoiding us. Upon reviewing the breakfast menu there are no options for non-egg eaters for breakfast and the crepes are no longer moist, but bready and dry (the edges were crispy).
Good food, lovely atmosphere, incompetent service. I am sitting here eating my birthday lunch at my desk, in front of my computer, because despite having allotted 2 hours for this special occasion, the service at Angelique Cafe was so excruciatingly slow that we still had to take our orders to go. First, I have to say that I really enjoy their food -- it's simple, tasty, fresh, made with quality ingredients, and reasonably priced. And I've never gone for the service -- it's always on the slow side. Second, I have many years of waitressing under my belt, so I am not unsympathetic to the plight of slammed waitstaff. But today was ridiculous. We arrived, a party of 3, and the host told us to sit wherever we liked. I asked if there were seats upstairs, he said no. I looked around downstairs, only 2 tops. I looked back at him -- he shrugged and said, "I know, bummer, huh?" What the heck is that? Basic courtesy would demand that a host at miinimum apologize and say that there will be a short wait. I took matters into my own hands and went upstairs, where there were in fact three tables being vacated. My friends and I sat down at one of them, helpfully stacked the dirty plates at one end, and waited about 25 minutes for the waitress to even make eye contact with us. When she did, she came over and picked up the plates without a word, not even a hello. Then she threw (what I can only hope was clean) silverware on top of wet and stained paper table cloth. An hour later, the food stil had not arrived. No apologies during this time for the wait. We had to take ou food to go. When they arrived, they were missing sides (one salad, one order of fries). We waited by the kitchen for these, and were eventually given them by the host. Not one employee ever muttered a word of apology for the astonishing lack of attention, courtesy, professionalism and competence they all displayed. Despite the solid food and pleasant surroundings, I can no longer recommend this place.
French Oasis in Downtown LA. A charming two-story French cafe tucked into an industrial part of Spring Street. A great spot for brunch or lunch after shopping at the Fashion District or visiting the galleries just down the street. Their steak sandwich is superb and all their bread is fresh and slightly crunchy. I'd recommend their omelettes, especially the Omelette Paysanne that features potatoes, bacon, and swiss and comes with a side of herbed potatoes and a baguette. For lunch try the Duck Confit served with fries, a quiche, or the pate sandwich. Their chocolate mousse is also deliciously smooth and not overly sweet.
Quite Nice. I had one of my first French culinary moments at this downtown institution. The food was flavorful and appealing to the eye as well. The service was top-notch. If possible try to be seated on the upstairs patio. The restaraunt's unique location gives you a wonderful view of downtown. However, be alerted!!!! Six weeks after dining there I received a ticket from parking enforcement because the valet in the lot most nearest Angelique's had parked my ride (and many others) on the street in no parking zones! It was a really expensive tix (especially since I didn't respond to the original notice that was conveniently removed when the valet returned my car) I wasn't able to be reimbursed and thwe whole experience has basically soured me on returning to that area. I would still love to go to Angelique's but I just dont trust the parking situation!
A Parisian-inspired corner cafe in the heart of downtown's fashion district..
Popular with French expatriates, loft dwellers and downtown workers, this two-story cafe offers indoor and outdoor dining on both levels. The kitchen turns out classic French fare and gourmet salads for breakfast and lunch. Morning options include espresso accompanied by croissant and omelette. Later, patrons can opt for spinach quiche in a flaky, buttery crust, escargots or chicken salad spiked with fresh mint. Crisp french fries are the preferred side with almost everything.
This is my favorite restaurant in downtown.. This is one of the best restaurants I've been to in LA (that's not overpriced). The steak salad is a must. I only wish they were only later and on Sundays. You really don't feel like you're in LA when you eat there. Parking may be messy - we walk there since we live nearby. There are meters and pay lots.
OK food, good service. What a treat to eat at Angelique Cafe in the Fashion District in Downtown. Although the food was just OK (I had the grilled chicken salad), the service and environment was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Bunker Hill (my site of origin in Downtown). The service was good, and the homey feel of the cafe reminded me of a casual bistro in France. Out of a 10, I give the food a 6-ish.
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