It's a hit with the critics as well as the customers; the Zagat survey rated it as the seconf favorite restaurant in L.A.; some consider it one of the best restaurants in America.
Nestled in the pleasant walking neighborhood of Santa Monica's trendy Main Street (near Arnold's Schatzi), the restaurant's storefront is so tiny that you could easily walk right past it without even knowing it was there, unless you are looking for it.
The offbeat interior decor (created by Wolfgang's wife, Barbara Lazaroff) is done in fuchsia, green and black; it features an eccentric mix of stone floors, wavy turquoise tables, tile & brick walls, bronze cranes, and a unique skylight in the ceiling. You can watch the chefs and their woks in the exhibition kitchen.
But the prices are high. Lunch is served Wednesday through Friday, from
11:30 AM - 2 PM; dinner is served seven days, from 6 PM to 10:30 PM. Valet
parking. After 15 years, reservations can still be hard to come by.
there: Chinois on Main is located on the
east side of Main Street in Santa Monica, just south of Hill Street, and
to the north of Ashland Avenue). It's a small storefront, and easy to miss.
/ From the Santa Monica (10) Freeway west, takethe 4th Street exit
in Santa Monica. Go south on 4th Street to Pico Boulevard and turn right
(west). Go one block west on Pico to Main Street, and turn left (south).
Go south on Main Street (less than a mile) to the restaurant, which will
be on your left (east) side.
canfind a copy of the Chinois menu online at: http://www.kerrymenu.com/Chinois-on-Main.htm.]
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