1201 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814 916-329-8033
In a city where French food is most often found as exotic menu one-offs amid a tide of New American cuisine, this new spot by Aziz Bellarbi-Salah, who co-owns Aïoli Bodega Española in midtown, goes all-in with a full spectrum of Gallic fare, from escargots to an excellent quiche Lorraine. Chef Isaac Hernandez, formerly the head chef at Aïoli’s Davis location, oversees a menu that generally favors poultry, fish and vegetables over French gastronomy’s pillars of red meat, yielding dishes like the salade Lyonnaise with seasonal greens, poached eggs, red onion and bacon, and the house-cured salmon that comes shrouded with dill and egg on a bed of crème fraîche and rye crostini. Meanwhile, French traditionalists can indulge in classics such as steak frites and steak tartare with quail egg and briny capers. The space—once home to The Broiler—exudes urban elegance, with bow-tied servers hustling around the jaw-dropping cast pewter bar at its heart. Bon appetit!