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  • pinitbutton It’s all Good Jean François!
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The patio at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica

By Sophie Gayot

Before I sit down at my computer to write the full review of La Cachette Bistro, I want to share with you, right away, my dinner there last night in our blog section—view it in the pictures below.

After many years of offering fine dining at La Cachette in Century City, chef Jean-François Meteigner is now doing “bistro” cuisine in Santa Monica.

Both the food and décor, whether enjoyed inside or on the patio, will surely attract diners.



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  • pinitbutton A Turnaround at BondSt Beverly Hills
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Chef Brian Redzikowski (middle) with his sous chefs

By Sophie Gayot


After two very unpleasant dinners foodwise, I decided to give BondSt Beverly Hills another chance. The result was a definite gourmet treat.


The décor and the service were unchanged, but right after the first course, it was obvious that there was somebody new in the kitchen; someone talented, very talented.


Young chef Brian Redzikowski, who hails from Le Cirque, Alain Ducasse, Nobu and Robuchon, has infused his talent and expertise to the place. He has completely turned around the cuisine, and serves smart and elegant dishes, (see pictures below).


Whoever found Redzikowski and trusted him to become a chef with his own kitchen should be proud of this discovery.

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A Prime Setting

on September 04th, 2009
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Chef Andreas Nieto (right) and his team

By Sophie Gayot


Our current Los Angeles Restaurant of the Week is the highest restaurant in Los Angeles. Located on the thirty-fifth floor of The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, L.A. Prime offers a 360-degree view of the city and fine cuisine and steaks from chef Andreas Nieto.



L.A. Prime has earned a spot on our list of Top 10 Penthouse Restaurants in the US, as well as our Top 10 Los Angeles Restaurants with a View list, and Top 10 Los Angeles Steakhouse restaurant list. Don’t miss the revolving lounge right below it.

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Chef Kerry Simon with Sophie Gayot in the kitchen of Simon L.A.

By Sophie Gayot


I am pleased to introduce the “Gayot Dinner Series” which will be held at some of the finest restaurants in the Los Angeles area.


The Gayot’s are quite honored that celebrity chef Kerry Simon will be the first chef to participate. He will be cooking the first two dinners of the “Gayot Dinner Series,” which will be presented in his Los Angeles restaurant, Simon L.A., located in the Sofitel Los Angeles on September 10th and 11th.


Simon L.A. is one of our Los Angeles Top 10 American Restaurants, and has one of our Top 10 Chef’s Tables and Top 10 Lounges.


I will also be there both evenings to talk about the dishes with the guests. We are still fine-tuning the menu, but diners will be able to enjoy Maine lobster, organic corn tortellini, Simon Prime Beef Strip and more of Kerry Simon’s creative dishes, for the unbelievable price of just $48 per person.


You can make reservations by calling 310-358-3979. I hope to see you there!


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Dine with the Pacific

on August 14th, 2009
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Chef Michael Fiorelli from mar'sel restaurant holding fresh hearts of palm

By Sophie Gayot

Every week, we at select a restaurant to be highlighted as our Review of the Week in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.


This week, after my dinner at the signature restaurant of the new Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, I chose mar’sel for a few reasons.


Of course, the main one is the California cuisine of chef Michael Fiorelli. It is obvious that he uses very fresh ingredients—he even has fresh hearts of palm for the salads stored in the fridge. But, I also made the choice because of the prime location of the restaurant, which features a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.


The restaurant also made our Los Angeles Top 10 Romantic Restaurants and Top 10 View lists.

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Chef Laurent Quenioux (in a white tee-shirt) from Bistro LQ and his team

By Sophie Gayot


I think you will agree with me after looking at the photos below, taken during my dinner at Bistro LQ last week (click on them to enlarge), that Laurent Quenioux’s new venture on Beverly Boulevard is more of a serious dining destination than the word “bistro” implies.


But judge for yourself: Dine at Bistro LQ and if you don’t agree, let me know, but also if you do!

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  • pinitbutton A New Life for Gladstone’s
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Sam Nazarian with Sophie Gayot at XIV restaurant


By Sophie Gayot

Last night, as I was at Michael Mina’s XIV restaurant checking out its mini burgers and floats, perfect for a casual stop on the way back home from the office, I ran into Sam Nazarian who was having dinner (no surprise since he owns the place). Once again I had the pleasure of speaking with him about his new ventures in the restaurant world.


Good news for Angelenos: Nazarian has partnered with the owners of Gladstone’s restaurant, right on the beach off Pacific Coast Highway, to manage the spacious location and transform it into a west coast Nikki Beach.


We can’t wait!

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Chef Stefan Richter with chef de cuisine Leandro Bongarra with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot


The kitchen team must have received lots of training by chef Stefan Richter and chef de cuisine Leandro Bongarra to turn out the delicious hors d’oeuvres that were served during last night’s opening party at Stefan’s at L.A. Farm. The noise in the dining room was such that I stood in the kitchen to try the lemon grass/coconut lobster bisque, the fried risotto, veal meatballs and crème brûlée.


If you think you have heard the name Stefan Richter before, it is because you would have seen him on TV during season 5 of “Top Chef.” Richter was born in Finland, and then cooked in Germany, Switzerland, Thailand and Canada, before arriving in the U.S. and working in Michigan, Nevada and then California. He chose the old location of the celebrated L.A. Farm to open his first restaurant, and mixed the two names.



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Owner/chef Larry Nicola at his new restaurant Mexico in West Hollywood

By Sophie Gayot

Want to go to Mexico for its food and ambience but don’t have the time for it? Just drive to the heart of West Hollywood and push the green doors of Mexico Restaurante y Barra open.

As soon as you see the patio, the décor will make forget you’re on Santa Monica Boulevard. Owner Larry Nicola, who is also the proprietor of Nic’s Martini & Lounge in Beverly Hills, has created a number of specialty cocktails, and a menu based on a tasty, home-style Mexican cuisine.

Mexico Restaurante y Barra is our Los Angeles Restaurant Review of the Week.

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Chefs Frank Toshi Sugiura (middle), Jonathan Wood (right), and

By Sophie Gayot


It looks like we don’t always have to be surrounded by a Japanese décor to eat sushi. The InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Century City has partnered with chef Frank Toshi Sugiura to offer sashimi, rolls and sushi in the hotel’s cozy lounge.

You can trust the expertise of Sugiura since he is the CEO of the California Sushi Academy and the chef-owner of Bar Hayama on Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

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