Antonin Giraud, Alain and Catherine’s son, works as a server at the restaurant and is seen here displaying the daily lunch box.
Alain Giraud was already a highly decorated chef, having created several restaurants to critical acclaim, when last year along with his wife Catherine he created Maison Giraud in Pacific Palisades.
The menu offers the same exquisite French style Alain’s known for since his days in France but with a more casual setting that’s less expensive.
Pastry chef Noubar Yessayan puts out fresh croissants baked on-site daily with gourmet butter direct from France. They also sell baguettes and other breads to a loyal following, giving the place a sort of old-world feel the family was looking for. On Sunday, the local farmers market out front makes it feel all the more quaint.
“The pastries are sold out very fast in the early afternoon,” said Catherine. “We can’t produce more because the space is limited, and the baker really wants the quality to be good. It’s quality over quantity. Alain is the same way. Everything’s very simple and fresh.”
On the last Thursday of every month Maison Giraud hosts a 7-course fixed menu for $75 offering a more high-end option and the full experience of Alain’s cooking. Next door Catherine runs the retail gift shop Lavender Blue, offering an assortment of lavender scented items mostly originating from France including large-sized table clothes typical of the Provence region.
For lunch, Alain showcased his version of a French bento box. Today it’s a tomato salad direct from the Santa Monica Farmers Market with French vinaigrette. Scallops, seared with leek fondue are adorned with snow peas and a little pistachio sauce. And for desert, apples are combined with a puff pastry in a “tarte tatin” that’s caramelized with sugar and baked in the oven.
Maison Giraud 1032 Swarthmore Ave. Pacific Palisades, CA 90292 310.459.7561
Open 7-days a week: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
On the menu:
“Cocotte” A Classic French Comfort Dish
Now serving: Duck Confit (Lentils, Brunoise of Carrots & Onions, Red-Wine Mustard Duck Jus) $24