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Dine with the Pacific

on August 14th, 2009
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Aug

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Chef Michael Fiorelli from mar'sel restaurant holding fresh hearts of palm

By Sophie Gayot

Every week, we at GAYOT.com 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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Aug

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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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Aug

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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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Aug

  • pinitbutton Welcome Stefan to L.A. Farm!
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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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Jul

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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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Partner-owner Lee Maen on the patio of new BOA Steakhouse on Sunset with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

When I went to dinner last week at the relocated BOA Steakhouse on Sunset, I was expecting to get a table inside to immerse myself in the vibrant décor of the room and the bar.

Partner-owner Lee Maen kindly showed me the way to the patio. And yes, he was right: that is the place to be. It is one of the largest restaurant patios in town (except for maybe those in some hotels), and a hip, ritzy, glitzy clientele has already made it one of heir favorite spots for lunch, dinner or drinks.

BOA Steakhouse is our Los Angeles Restaurant Review of the Week.

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  • pinitbutton The Rise of the Chef who Likes the Citrus Twist
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Chef William Bradley of the Addison restaurant

By André Gayot

To count how many places in the entire world belong in the same class as The Grand Del Mar hotel near San Diego, you probably won’t need all ten of your fingers. Perched in the foothills of the Sierras, hidden within the rolling hills, this domain is nothing but majestic beauty.

 

Good enough, but how can we spend—without drastically breaking the bank — an unforgettable evening in this palatial Moorish style Kasbah spiced with a good ladle of Florentine art where no effort (nor money) was spared to erect this paramount of handsome hospitality? Follow me. Let’s walk to your table in the Addison restaurant, between the Porphyry columns sustaining the caisson ceiling over the encrusted marble floor.

 

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  • pinitbutton Celebrate True French Cuisine in Los Angeles
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Chef Bruno Herve-Commereuc (right) , with chef de cuisine Hugues Quintard and Sophie Gayot holding house-made boudin noir

By Sophie Gayot

 

Very often, I hear “Where is a real French restaurant in Los Angeles?” Well, recently I found the perfect answer: Saint Amour restaurant in downtown Culver City, our Los Angeles Restaurant Review of the Week.

Bruno Herve-Commereuc, an expert charcutier, and his wife Florence are very happy to welcome you to their brasserie. The most adventurous eaters will order Bruno’s delicious boudin noir (blood sausage), andouillette, escargots, foie gras, merguez and crispy boneless pigs’ feet. If you don’t belong to this first group, you will be happy with the soupe à l’oignon, the thin-crusted leek tart, monkfish, and grilled rib-eye with pommes frites. Finish le diner with la mousse au chocolat à l’orange. Bon appétit! 

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Burgers Worth Finding

on July 14th, 2009
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One of Gayot's Top 10 LA Burgers

By Sophie Gayot

Craving a very good hamburger on a Saturday afternoon, I headed to the Hole in the Wall Burger Joint for my very first visit.

 

It’s hard to find, since its official address is on Santa Monica Boulevard, but its actual entrance, hidden behind a donut shop, is on South Bentley Avenue. I finally arrived and ordered a medium rare beef burger with a pretzel bun, onion mayonnaise, red leaf lettuce, sliced onion, tomato, and topped with provolone cheese, all for a very reasonable $7.95.

 

A few moments later, I was enjoying it on the outdoor patio, which is covered with old sails belonging to chef-owner Bill Dertouzos, accompanied by great fresh-cut French fries ($2.00). I’m happy to report he makes a VERY good hamburger, and have added the spot to our top 10 Burgers in Los Angeles list.

 

 

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