Chef-owner Farshid Hakim previewed the larger Brentwood outpost of La Provence Patisserie & Café on September 16 and subsequently debuted the restaurant on September 29. The 2,500-square-foot space on the top floor of Brentwood Gardens previously housed Mon Kee’s, and more recently, Tongdang Thai Kitchen.
“We already have many clients from Brentwood and Malibu, they’ve asked for a long time for us to open one closer to that side of town,” says Hakim. “And the owners of the Brentwood Gardens are longtime customers and have wooed us for years, so when a space became available, it just felt right.”
Hakim’s cake logo features a pink, green and brown color scheme that extends to the design. These colors even extend to the salt shakers, which hold pink Himalayan salt. Hakim described the space as “French country,” but he still includes zebra-print banquettes, a nod to his time as pastry chef of Monte Carlo’s Hotel de Paris, which hosted a similar design element.
Decor includes mismatched chandeliers, pastel pig cookie jars, canister sets from the ’40s and ’50s and floral mugs from noted ceramic artist Don Swanson.
La Provence will feature dinner service at the Brentwood outpost, including dishes like grilled lamb chops with a classic mint sauce, herb-crusted salmon, a four-cheese mac & cheese with Gruyere, house-made hamburgers and turkey burgers with Yukon gold fries and vegetarian French onion soup sans beef stock. La Provence will also have a kid’s menu and Hakim plans to add beer & wine about a month after they open.
Hakim plans to make La Provence a coffee destination, sourcing beans from Intelligentsia and pulling shots on a two-group Synesso. Intelligentsia is training his staff and he promises “exactly their menu and how they serve it.” The only variation is drip coffee. Intelligentsia brews every individual cup to order. That won’t be the case at La Provence.