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The Katsuya Kiss

on June 26th, 2009
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Jun

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Matt Erickson, Director of Operations, with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

The lips of our favorite geisha have resurfaced for the fourth time at the newest Katsuya, scheduled to open next Monday, June 29th, at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Last night I got an exclusive tour of the restaurant by Matt Erickson, the director of operations of the four Katsuya restaurants (Brentwood, Hollywood, Glendale, L.A. Live), and a tasting from chef Daniel Elmaleh. I liked the room, decorated like the others by Philippe Starck: it’s large and rectangular, with the sushi in the center. Wherever diners sit, they will not miss any of the action, nor the other photos of the Japanese lady. The cocktails and dishes available are basically the same as offered at the other Katsuyas, except for the Kobe flat iron steak served with wild mushrooms and white truffles, exclusive to this location.

 

 

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24

Jun

  • pinitbutton Don’t We All Love Hot Bread?
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Sophie Gayot in the bakery of Tavern restaurant in Brentwood

By Sophie Gayot

 

When I went to Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s (Lucques, A.O.C) new restaurant Tavern in Brentwood last week, I had to stop myself from filling up on the bread.

 

It was so good, but I had to save room for the actual meal. At the end of the dinner, I asked where it had come from. Easy enough: it is baked on premises daily. Every night, three bakers arrive at 8 pm and bake ten different varieties of delicious breads until 5 am. The good news is that they are available for purchase to take home.

 

We are currently featuring Tavern as the Los Angeles Restaurant of the Week.

 

 

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An F Evening

on June 18th, 2009
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Famous star chef Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

Famed chef Gordon Ramsay flew into the film capital of the world to celebrate the first anniversary of his fine establishment, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood. The fabulous evening was fun and filled of fanfare and food.

 

Chef Andy Cook, with sous chef Kishi Harutaka and pastry chef Carl Bertka, prepared flavorful and fancy fare such as foie gras with barbecued eel in a maki roll, and crème fraîche served on top of cured salmon and caviar. The specialty cocktail of the fiesta was called “The Finest Hour.”

 

As a big fan of force of nature Gordon, I asked him to sign one of his books for me. In a friendly manner and in perfect français (French), he insisted to do it for “ton fils” (my son), who he has met when filming “Hell’s Kitchen.”

 

 
We foresee many more fantastic feasts in the future at his flourishing foray in our fair city.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
 

 

 

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LudoBites are Back

on June 03rd, 2009
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Chef Ludovic Lefebvre with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

If you were wondering where Ludovic Lefebvre had gone, look no further—we have found him. After L’Orangerie and Bastide, he resurfaced with Ludo Bites at Breadbar in 2007 for three months, then disappeared from Los Angeles altogether and landed on the Las Vegas strip, until he left there last May.

 

Given the past success of Ludo Bites, he is again serving his cuisine with the same concept, where it originated. He rents the Breadbar space on Third Street (only open for breakfast and lunch) for dinner. You will find him there for three months, until August 22. It is like a temporary art exhibit; it moves around, and you don’t always know where it will be next. If you have never tasted Ludo’s cuisine, isn’t he sort of an artist anyway?

 

This week Ludo Bites is the Los Angeles “Review of the Week.”

 

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May

  • pinitbutton Caviar and Much More…
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West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land cutting the ribbon with the Petrossians, the Martinons and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

After months and months of remodeling, the West Hollywood Petrossian Paris Boutique & Café finally reopened last night. Armen Petrossian and his son Alexandre made the trip from Paris to unveil a totally new space, where the boutique and the café each now have their own dedicated space.

The mayor of West Hollywood, Abbe Land, held the scissors for the red ribbon ceremony, also attended by the French Consul General David Martinon, and his wife Karen. Petrossian farm-raised American caviar, paired with Champagne, disappeared as soon as it came out of the kitchen.

Petrossian Paris was established by Armenian brothers Melkoum and Mouchegh Petrossian. The two were the first to introduce caviar to Paris, then to the rest of the world after fleeing Russia for the City of Lights in the early 1920’s. Today, Petrossian Paris offers an array of packaged goods including their signature smoked salmon, a variety of smoked seafood, fine chocolates, mustards, olive oils, specialty vinegars and fruit preserves along with the comprehensive collection of Petrossian caviar. You can find Petrossian boutiques, restaurants and cafés in Paris, Monaco, New York, Las Vegas and West Hollywood.

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15

May

  • pinitbutton A Dinner with Nobu at Nobu
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Master chef Nobu Matsuhisa; Richie Notar, Managing Partner of Nobu with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Looks like there have been a few restaurant anniversaries around town lately (Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, Michael’s, BLT Steak). Last night it was Nobu Los Angeles‘s first year celebration.

 

Master chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself was there cooking a special dinner, paired with saké from the Hokusetsu brewery. Sitting down in the restaurant, I could not help thinking of the days of L’Orangerie. Nobu’s smile and precise cuisine brought me back to today’s reality of this prestigious address on La Cienega. Out of the beautiful eight-course meal, the Wagyu beef was the winner. It had been roasted in the oven, and seasoned with a truffle teriyaki sauce.

 

Happy Birthday Nobu!

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May

  • pinitbutton Anniversary on Sunset
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Chefs Laurent Tourondel, Brian Moyers, Christophe Bellanca with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Last night, to celebrate the first anniversary of his Los Angeles restaurant BLT Steak, chef Laurent Tourondel made the trip from the East Coast. During the occasion, he and his corporate chef, Christophe Bellanca, formerly at L’Orangerie and Le Cirque, introduced the new chef de cuisine, Brian Moyers, who just moved into the kitchen from The Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire, and the sommelier Jared Heber.

The trio cooked together in the kitchen and served us squash blossom stuffed with burrata, pistou and roast tomato pomodoro; hamachi with marinated white asparagus, avocado and pickled red onions; olive oil-poached halibut in artichoke barigoule, fennel and spring onion in a blood orange sauce; dry-aged NY strip on a bed of beef short ribs accompanied with ricotta gnudi, a morel fricassée and fava beans; and ending with strawberry rhubarb crumble pie with lemon thyme ice cream. Hollywood celebrities Sharon Stone and Victoria Recano were seen here that evening.

Note: In honor of the Lakers’ continued success in the NBA playoffs, BLT Steak’s bar is offering chef Tourondel’s signature BLT Burger—a first in LA (the offer is for a limited time only, while LA is in the playoffs). The “Kobe” burger ($17) or the “Jackson” burger ($14) can be accompanied by fries and a brew for $11 more. A flat screen captures the game action.

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  • pinitbutton Mother’s Day with Our Mom in L.A.

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Sophie Gayot and her son

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and Alain and I are so happy to have our mom visiting with us now. Of course the Gayot family tradition is to have a fabulous Mother’s Day meal in one of the world’s great restaurants.

 

Throughout our travels we have found many wonderful places to enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch. Even at the last minute, there are lots of great restaurants taking Mother’s Day reservations all across the U.S.

 

In France, we celebrate Mother’s Day at the end of May and I am looking forward to another great meal with my mother and with my own fabulous son.



06

May

  • pinitbutton An Evening at Drago Centro
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Partner-general manager Matteo Ferdinandi with Sophie Gayot in the wine tower

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

Yes, I go out very, very often and sit at many different restaurant tables. My fondest memories occur when I am surprised, either by the food, the décor, the ambience, the wines, the view, the service or a combination.

 

Last night, my GPS took me to Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles. I don’t know how much work and effort Celestino Drago and partner-general manager Matteo Ferdinandi invested in the project, but it had to be A LOT! In one word: stunning.

 

 

 

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04

May

  • pinitbutton Michael (almost) Angelo
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Husband and wife Michael and Kim McCarty with father and daughter André and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Michael‘s, the eponymous restaurant of Michael McCarty in Santa Monica, California, was packed yesterday with faithful clients, friends and colleagues celebrating the 30th anniversary of this landmark house with Michael and his artist wife Kim. The buffets were stupendous, up to the stainless reputation of this regarded table.

 

Indeed, three decades of consistent success in Tinseltown, where the life span of an eatery is often times shorter than that of a cactus flower, can be considered an historical achievement worthy of merited kudos. Michael and Kim were justly entitled to appear radiant in their “ravishing” garden as we described it in our review of Michael’s in 1982, and the charm still floats on the patio.

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