Nook Bistro

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11628 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, USA
Nook Bistro - Birthday dinner with the bday boy!
Nook Bistro - Chicken Paillard - simple comfort food.
Nook Bistro - Homemade French Fries with garlic aioli - yum!
Nook Bistro - Brownie dessert with vanilla gelato.

Nook Bistro Santa Monica Reviews

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Lovely Little Neighborhood Gem Jun 19, 2008
I had read and heard wonderful things about Nook, and for once, I’m glad the compliments were warranted. As noted in the numerous reviews, Nook is located in a rather nondescript shopping center – the only sign indicating the locale of the restaurant being a large blue arrow. Once inside, you are transported into a rather modern, cozy oasis where simple comfort foods reign. Service was friendly, informative and attentive. And most importantly, the food was well prepared from fresh, delicious ingredients.

My friend and I shared a plate of homemade french fries – reminds me of In-n-Out fries but better and crispier, served with a yummy garlic aioli. For entrees, I tried the Chicken Paillard (chicken breast pounded flat, served atop garlicky mashed potatoes and sautéed rapini, with a lemon based sauce and capers) which was quite simple and delicious. My friend had the brown rice stir fried with veggies and tofu – he apparently gets this every time so I guess he really really likes it! We shared a bottle of muscadet, that as promised, was very dry and crisp, and not sweet. It accompanied the food quite well. Dessert was the brownie with vanilla gelato – perhaps I was too full, but the dessert didn’t wow me.

All in all, I really enjoyed this place and will have to return to taste the other lovely sounding offerings on the menu.  Prices were pretty affordable. There is parking in the shopping center.
Homemade French Fries with garlic …
Chicken Paillard - simple comfort …
Brownie dessert with vanilla gelat…
Birthday dinner with the bday boy!
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