PALIKAO restaurant – First MasterTAAG user in Los Angeles!
At a time when couscous is trying to access the Unesco heritage, Lionel Pigeard (formerly La Cantoche Paname) is reinventing his grandmother’s recipes with local products at his Palikao Restaurant.
Even his homemade harissa is inspired by local ingredients, with Mexican dried peppers: New Mexico, Puya, arbol chile.
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The name Palikao comes from a small town in North Africa where the chef/owner’s grandmother Marcelle Tordjman was born in 1910. The fast-casual restaurant offers a couscous bar whereby each customer starts by selecting a grain. They have over six options to choose from including protein, veggies and Lionel’s secret broth with mild, spicy or ‘very spicy,’ on toppings.
Serving farm-to-fresh ingredients cooked daily, Palikao also offers salads, desserts, and homemade grocery products. Pricing for their bowls starts at $8 for regular and up to only $13 for the large protein bowls.