Ooh lah lah! Yes it's a French bistro in Chinatown! Try Oriel on a slower night, like Sunday, for the best experience. It's tiny, and fills up quickly with hipsters from all over the city! Eating under the Metro Gold Line
is a trip in itself, but once you're safely ensconced inside you'll think you're in Paris! The wine and beer selections are wonderful and expansive. There are tons of wine by the glass, so there's something for everyone. We started with the Bread and Things.
The bread is possibly one of the best in the city! Thank you Bub and Grandma's Bread! Spread with butter, topped with fresh parmesan, and grilled to perfection, it's a cruncy, savory treat. But wait! The romanesco dipping sauce is the bomb! I promise you will
love this! The French Onion Soup is served in a traditional footed-French bowl with 15-month aged Comte cheese. And there's plenty of it! This is a meal in itself. The broth is wonderful and rich and makes the soup 5 stars for sure! We also enjoyed the Croque
Monsieur sandwich with Parisian ham and a bechemal eggsauce. The sandwich was amazing too! For dessert, we had what I'd definitely call LA's best creme brulee. It was cold and creamy with a crunchy, crispy caramelized top. Even though I was full up to my eyeballs,
I had to eat it, because it was that good! I wish that Oriel would open in another location closer to my house because I'd be their best customer. Who knew French food existed in Chinatown?
Oriel Chinatown 1135
N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles (213) 253-9429 Hours: 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.