French cuisine in a pleasant spaceVery nice decor, service, and French menu. Mushroom brie was fabulous. Good wines available although not fancy sommelier-level. Enjoyed it thoroughly.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMCharming French-style BistroBa is a charming little French-style bistro, and their steak frites was delicious. The service, although very friendly, was not as responsive as we would have liked given that we had a show to attend after the meal. Also, did not feel that the soundtrack did much to enhance the ambiance, but at least it wasn't overly loud like so many places lately. I would like to return.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFrench - Highland Park StyleVery cute Restraunt. The chef, who I understand owns the place can be see in the kitchen making the somewhat classic French dishes. Delicious!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've found a new favoriteThis small, beautifully appointed room gives an air of quiet luxury in this changing neighborhood. We shared the ahi tartare starter, but it was a mistake, because we both couldn't believe how freshly delicious it was and could have easily had one apiece. The presentation was beautiful and the tuna was super fresh and in larger bite-size pieces, rather than the mushy chopped texture many ahi tartares seem to have. The deeply fragrant broth of the Moroccan lamb stew was out of this world with spice, tender lamb and perfectly cooked couscous. A classic filet Bernaise had super fresh tarragon and flavorful and tender baby squash and fingerling potatoes. A wonderful Bordeaux paired perfectly with our meal, while being reasonably priced.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMMy two friends and I had aMy two friends and I had a wonderful, well-proportioned meal on a Friday night recently at BA. We started with 2 appetizers - scallops and 3 types of mushrooms with burned brie - both were very delicious. I had a steak with fries as my entree and it was perfectly cooked. We shared two desserts - wedding cake and creme brulee - wow and wow! Chef James Graham welcomed us at our table and shared a story about the herbs and fresh ingredients. The entire evening was a perfect dining experience. I strongly recommend going to BA for lunch, dinner or brunch!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMYUM!This neighborhood gem has a wonderful brunch menu. Everything on the menu is made with care as well as
with the freshest ingredients.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAn extremely satisfied repeat dinerMy boyfriend and I have had the pleasure of dining at Ba many times, often with equally pleased friends, for both dinner and brunch, and have never been disappointed. The chef and staff are earnest and welcoming without being overpowering. The space is on the small side, but that only gives a fine dining experience a neighborhood feel. The design is a great play between subtle color and found objects composed nicely on the walls. The menu has some excellent go-to dishes (mushroom brûlée, cheese/charcuterie plate, creme brûlée) then rotates main dishes depending on the season / week. If the duck cassoulet is on the menu, get it. Also strong are the fried chicken, the lamb sirloin, and they make a delicious flaky white fish.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely Food and French WinesAppetizers: we had Mushroom Brulee, salmon croquettes, spinach soup and duck liver mousse. The Brulee, surprised with its creamy, inscrutable depths, but the croquettes were tasty, too.
Two of our party had the lamb sirloin and we gobbled every bite, including all the sauce, wiping down our plates with the tender and tasty French bread. The other members ordered Steak au Poivre and Moule Frite, which was mussels in a "bowl" of delicious pommes frites. As we were not familiar with French wines, our server helped us to select one suited to the food as well as our tastes and we chose a bottle of Chinon (red with earthy notes). We were never rushed.
Although the sound was energetic, we could actually hear each other talk.
We will return!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a findThis was our first time at Ba. We can be tough on restaurants but there was no reason to be on this visit. First class all the way. We'll be back soon!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMsmall restaurant, so get asmall restaurant, so get a reservation. wedding cake dessert was enjoyed by the wife. menu changes according to what they find at local market.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it. Although they wereLoved it. Although they were very accommodating of my two daughters (6 years and 18 months), it was not a place for a squirmy toddler. I look forward to going back for a date night with my husband .5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden GemTucked away on York Street in Highland Park, Ba is a great French bistro. Small, quiet with excellent food and attentive service. Menu and wine list are selective and excellent. We are new to LA and it is our go to place for a quiet, fun diner together.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLocally grown refined cuisineWe went for brunch, but will definitely return for dinner. Exquisite, flaky crust on my quiche with local heirloom tomatoes, fantastic French wine list, beautiful decor, and the NYTimes to boot. I could make this a weekly ritual.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience, cute place,Great experience, cute place, sweet management and staff - the duck and sausage cassoulet was outstanding!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBAbeen there 2 times and it was fantastic, the food just overal fantastic4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat find!My friend and I had a Blackboard Eats deal and that was reason enough to stop by. It's nice to see a more upscale restaurant in this neighborhood. We shared the mushroom brulee, which was very rich and flavorful. My friend ordered the moules frites and I ordered the local vegetable platter that had fresh asparagus, spinach, and wild rice. The service was very attentive and the food was very savory and satisfying!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was most awesome! GreatIt was most awesome! Great food and great people. We loved it and will be back again soon.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightedOur party was delighted and we would definitely go to Ba again and again.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe mousse pate was outstanding!The mousse pate was outstanding! The wine was great! The coq au vin was a little dry.The hostess was very good, as were the waitresses.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOur second trip was as enjoyableOur second trip was as enjoyable as the first just a coule of weeks ago. Small restaurant with an appropriately focused menu that changes often.. Our excellent waiter is always a master of the menu items and the wine to pair with it.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBa means amazing seasonal fareBest restaurant on the Northeast LA! Friendly service and Fresh, seasonal menu and delictately flavored and tasty french/california preparations. Spare menu and wine list -- all affordable and enjoyable. Desserts are lovely but wish there were a few more options. 20 tables so reservations are helpful. We've tried it four times in two months and the chef has delighted us each time.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful restaurant. BriefWonderful restaurant. Brief but excellent menu which changes daily. Reasonable yet very good wine list. Lovely space very conducive to quiet conversations. Another great find in Highland Park. We'll be back soon - and often.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe chef is amazing - theThe chef is amazing - the food is just like it is in France - only bigger portions! Great restaurant and I would go back many times as I live in the neighborhood.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMBa was a wonderful experience.Ba was a wonderful experience. We were greeted politely and promptly and shown to our table. We chose the smoked quail and mushroom gratin. Both were excellent. The gratin was quite rich and with a salad would have provided a wonderful dinner. The quail was smoky and had a delicious and piquant bbq sauce which must have had lardons and balsamic vinegar.
Dinner was chard and steak frites. The chard was served with broccoli. All excellent.
Dessert was the flourless chocolate cake with creme anglaise. Really nice. The cake was dense without being overpowering, and the sauce was to die for.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMdelightful. we loved it anddelightful. we loved it and can't wait to come back!2/20/2013 12:00:00 AM