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Dining Out:

Left Coast has a European feel

March 07, 2009|By Lisa Dupuy

In our family, I am the primary vacation planner and driver.

My kids and husband find it very mysterious that almost every trip takes us within a mile or two of a wine country.

“Gee, how’d we get here?” I ask, astounded. “Well, we might as well tour a few wineries . . .”

I love a nice glass of wine. I’m guessing a number of readers do too. Pair it with a good cheese and a salad and I’m set for the evening.

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Imagine my delight when I discovered there’s a new place in town, the Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery, that offers just that, along with a couple of my other favorite things — music and art.

Owner and Manager Ed Mamigonian has created a space filled with his favorite things and offers them up with graciousness and hospitality.

There are more than 1,000 wines from all over the world, 120 by the glass, 100 international beers in bottles or on tap, 10 kinds of sake, 40 teas, a few exquisite coffees/espressos and a small but well-chosen food menu.

After 9 p.m., when the nightly live jazz music starts up, the place fills with patrons sipping their beverage of choice.

Many choose to sit outside at the cafe tables, enjoying a smoke. The whole place has a very European feel, like being at a cafe on Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

The works of art on the walls are by artists from around the world.

The canvases are typically large, dynamic and fit the space well.

The works are rotated regularly, originating from the owner’s Left Coast Galleries in Studio City.

The food is simple but very fresh and flavorful. Their salads are made with lively wild greens with toppings like goat cheese and nuts, and feature a delicious balsamic vinaigrette.

The cheese plate has a variety of hard and soft cheeses along with dates, strawberries, blueberries and a chimichurri sauce that’s perfect on their warm baguette slices.

They also have panini sandwiches, charcuterie plates of thinly sliced meats and a variety of sausages ($5 a link) to go with their beers ($4.75 to $20).

Servers can also order in from the sushi restaurant around the corner. The rolls go well with their selection of sakes or with a cold Riesling.

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