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SMALL BITES STAR CHEF JOINS BISTRO.

Byline: - Larry Lipson

Peter Roelant, who gained local celebrity chef status with stints at L'Orangerie and Four Oaks, has joined affable owner-host Jean-Bernard ``J.B.'' Torchon as chef-partner at Torchon's Wine Bistro, 11915 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.

Roelant, a former protege of famed Swiss chef Fredy Girardet and a Valley resident for 16 years, is already introducing some of the restaurant's daily specials while working on a revised menu featuring modern bistro fare.

Roelant, accustomed to preparing expensive, upscale food, said he welcomes the challenge of producing superior-quality dishes while keeping prices in the moderate category.

He expects to introduce Wine Bistro's new menu after Thanksgiving.

Information: (818) 766-6233 and www.winebistro.net.

TALKING TURKEY: Thanksgiving Day, just around the corner on Nov. 23, can be celebrated by the family as a hotel brunch, a sit-down restaurant dinner or a hotel buffet dinner.

There's also one restaurant in town doing a special singles buffet dinner for Thanksgiving.

Cafe Sierra at the Universal City Hilton at 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, offers a champagne brunch ($40, ages 3-10 $20) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For dinner, there's a seafood and prime rib buffet plus turkey and all the trimmings from 5 to 10 p.m. ($46, ages 3-10 $22). Information and reservations: (818) 509-2030.

Pinot Bistro, 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, has a four-course dinner ($42, under 10 $20) with four options on both the second and main courses. Information and reservations: (818) 990-0500.

Republic, the new restaurant at 650 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, is presenting an ``orphan'' Thanksgiving buffet ($30) in its M Lounge. Information and reservations: (310) 360-7070.

The poshest turkey-to-go dinner in town can be had from the Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air, for $350 (feeds six) with a 48-hour advance reservation needed. Details: (310) 943-6742.

Other recommendable Thanksgiving dinner choices include Cafe del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395; Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd., (323) 655-6566; Taix French Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Blvd., (213) 484-1265; La Cachette, 10506 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A., (310) 470-4992; Melisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881; La Boheme, 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 848-2360; and JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 917-6671.

And for those who don't care for turkey and stuffing, there's a New England-style Thanksgiving Day lobster clambake for two ($82.95) at Gladstone's, 17300 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Information and reservations: (310) 454-3474.
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