While we were in L.A. for business, it was also our 10th wedding anniversary weekend. So we decided to celebrate at SUR Restaurant and Bar which is partially owned by Lisa Vanderpump Todd (of The Housewives of Beverly Hills fame). What a fabulous time had by all, the ambience was romantic, service impeccable and the food was delicious. Once dinner was finished, we went over to the bar side of the establishment for drinks and where it was lively, electric and a great place to people watch. Definitely a place we would highly recommend and will return to soon.
Favorite Dish: For starters, we shared Fried Calamari (with chipotle mayonnaise & hot tomato sauce). For dinner, LJ had Seared Ahi Tuna (sesame seed crust, fresh herbs, Tamari soy sauce, grilled vegetables and sweet peas) while I had Crab Gorgonzola Risotto. For our anniversary dessert, we shared New York Cheesecake (with graham cracker crust and a hint of lemon zest) as well as a Caffè Corretto (a shot of espresso with a shot of amaretto).
I have never ever been to a restaurant like this. The venue itself was amazing, but not more amazing than anything else you can find in WeHo/Beverly Hills. The service was ridiculous. I'm pretty sure the waiter was just standing 3 feet away waiting for a crumb to drop.
If you read my review on the SLS Hotel, in which the Bazaar is located, you'll know that the hotel itself is beyond sheik. The Bazaar is no exception.
I can't even remember everything we ordered. It is a tapas place, so you can get tons of plates. I do remember the drinks. My dinner partner ordered a margarita, which was brought to the table in a bucket and then poured over dry ice, which was then crushed at the table and poured into a glass. I ordered a peach something and it came in the form of cotton candy which then had liquor poured onto it in order to create the drink at my seat.
The rest of the meal was equally delicious and each dish was presented in a unique way that was like a circus show at your table. And the service and presentation were just the beginning! The food itself melting in our mouths.
The only drawback was the price. Over $400 for two people.
This was a surprise birthday dinner for me, and to get the opportunity to dine at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant was something that I've always wanted to do...so we did. The service, food, ambience and setting was fabulous. Well worth the price of admission.
Favorite Dish: For the appetizer, LJ had Poached Lobster with risotto while I had Roasted Pork Belly. For dinner, LJ selected Halibut while I had the Chateaubriand with mushrooms, puréed potatoes and asparagus.
You must know who Chef Gordon Ramsay is, especially if you're a fan of Hell's Kitchen. I've always wanted to try his food ever since he opened this restaurant in Los Angeles in mid of 2008. This relatively new venture of his received a Michelin star in just short amount of time. I, for one, was surely excited to try his cuisine after all the hype.
So we finally decided to go there during DineLA. The restaurant is located inside of The London hotel. It's not very obvious if you're looking for it when you try to get there. Easily missed when driving, you should be looking for The London hotel. Valet parking here is $10 with validation from the restaurant.
The ambiance and decor are very chic, just like the hotel. Huge glass windows offer a view of Los Angeles skyline and West Hollywood. Beautiful view and very romantic. The wait staff is very friendly. The water glass never runs empty. They are very attentive and accommodating. We even got a kitchen tour after asking about Christina from 2008 season of Hell's Kitchen. The kitchen is HUGE!
Ok so let's move on to discuss about the food. The bacon bits bread with seaweed butter was genius! I love every single bits of it. We couldn't get enough!
We got a starter of Steamed bamboo shoot and shiitake mushroom chawanmushi. It was delightful.
I had the Rabbit and Smoked Bacon Ballottine - with vegetable piccalili and foie gras for first course. I wasn't impressed with the dish at first because the rabbit was bland and tasted like chicken. But after combining all the ingredients in one bite with the foie gras, I started to taste the different pieces together. My wife had the Wild Mushroom Veloute - with sauteed mushrooms and chive cream (soup), which was way better than my rabbit. It was creamy and very tasty!
I had the Braised Ox Cheek - with port wine, horseradish creamed potatoes, glazed turnips and braising jus for main course. The meat was very tender and the outside was crispy. My wife had the Crispy Pave of Sea Trout - with white cabbage and pickled ginger, kohlrabi and celeriac cream sauce. The trout was very good, tasted like salmon, with a crispy skin.
Then we had a pre-desert of Cara cara orange three ways, cinnamon ice cream and rose water sabayon. The first taste was surprising because of the bitterness and sourness of the blood orange, but after the cinnamon ice cream kicks in my taste buds started going crazy! YUMMM!!!
I had the Valrhona Chocolate Fondant - with brown butter caramel center and vanilla bean ice cream for desert. Absolutely wonderful! The warm chocolate fondant with the tasty caramel center and the ice cold vanilla bean ice cream taste great together! I wanted more. My wife had the Chilled Coconut Tapioca - with passion fruit, candied ginger, milk chocolate and star anise gelato. Not a lot of people ordered this particular desert, but it was very very good!
You can bet I'm coming back here for more! Good job Chef Ramsay!
Favorite Dish: I love the Wild Mushroom Veloute for the appetizer. And who can forget about all of the deserts? Very very good! The cara cara orange three ways, cinnamon ice cream and rose water sabayon pre-desert was also delightful! Oh and of course the bacon bits bread with seaweed butter!
The restaurant is located opposite of the Sunset Tower hotel.It is decorated with images from the Wild West.TV sets all over and you will not miss any sport game on TV.(Liked to watch football:-)Location is very good,you can sit outside if you like and enjoy the street life.The food is very good,very hughe.They offer a nice Newcastle beer.
Favorite Dish: In America I simply like a good steak and so far I was never disappointed.The Cowboy burger is also very good.
Located just a few blocks from the raucous world famous rock n roll clubs that Sunset Blvd has to offer is the quiet, upscale Nonna's, which has made its debut in summer 2007. Nonna's is within the city limits of West Hollywood but one is very reminded of Beverly Hills. Just a few steps away from the entrance is one of the classic brown BH city signpost mounted on the sidewalk and also there is a Star Maps dude flagging tourists hand-made sign and all.
Finding authentic Italian can be a challenge but Nonnas is helping to fill the void. Usually, it is a good sign for authenticity when the menu items are written in italiano. A variety of pasta dishes are featured for both lunch and dinner.
Favorite Dish: gnocchi w/ meat ragu- delicate and filling!
~Great food, cool cocktails, comfy cabanas, late night service, decent service!
~specializes in modern american comfort food.
~(premiere gay and lesbian club)
~Named AOL's Winner for 2006 City's Best
~Also holds the title for LA's best gay and lesbian bar
Favorite Dish: sandwiches!
In the heart of West Hollywood is Bossa Nova, a rather unassuming eaterie among ultra trendy restaurants, night clubs and boutiques. Crowds do flock here largely due to its premiere location, yet this is not one of those "must-need reservations" kind of place. The atmosphere here is so typical California casual. Try to get an outdoor patio table here, though inside is nice and colorful. For those scoring on the gay card, Bossa is catered to all, not strictly gay, even though it's steps away from Santa Monica/Robertson.
As for the food, the varied menu will please the palette. Bossa creates fresh combinations of authentic Brazilian/Latino sabor (flavor)with a bit of European flair. Signature dishes are of beef or chicken. The selection of appetizers is impressive. Just a few of these is plenty for a filling lunch or dinner.
Bossa Nova has other locations, centered on L.A.'s Westside.
See website for locations.
Parking is a b-tch here, just like for about any establishment in We-Ho. Come early (6PM for dinner) for the best oppt!
Delivery(local-with a few miles) is available.
Favorite Dish: Appetizers-
linguiça (Portuguese-style sausage) with yucca - full of sabor, not too greasy !!
*yucca Peruvian potato
yucca (topped with parmesan cheese)
mushroom appetizer (very filling, as if eating meat)
Barneys Beanery is a very casual sports bar / karaoke bar / diner. Its a great little spot in West hollywood that gets super crazy at night. If it looks familiar to you, its because its been in a few movies. Its actually a non Hollywood crowd here, which is rare in this part of town. The menu is huge, it has all your favorite dishes from chili dogs to pizza fish and chips. Its just a really chill and laid back joint.
Favorite Dish: Everything here is pretty good, it has a diner style menu.
Meat cuts of all kinds, sausages, morcillas, mollejas, chicken, assado de tira, and of course, steaks sizzled on the grill. All cooked in the Argentinian style.
Favorite Dish: Believe it or not, it was not the main course, but 'Chimichurri Sauce', a mixture of Olive Oil, Parsley, Garlic, herbs and seasoning. I had it with bread, it was beautiful.