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Bastide Closed for Good?

on November 26th, 2008
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Sophie & Alain Gayot with chef Paul Shoemaker before Bastide closed yet again

by Sophie Gayot


And the saga continues at Bastide. Is this restaurant that was once one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the country closed temporarily or for good? That is the question.

Well, it seems that our dinner a few weeks ago might have been one of the last ones served. We sensed at the time that the restaurant which has been closed before and is on its fourth chef in six years was in a state of flux.

The employees arrived at the restaurant this week and found the door closed without notice, and they (and the rest of us) are awaiting a final verdict from owner Joe Pytka who is currently out of town. Stay tuned.

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Culinary history was made last night in Beverly Hills with the opening of Muse, one of the restaurants inside the new hotel, Montage Beverly Hills.
As I enjoyed an elaborate meal and interesting wine pairings, I witnessed the birth of a new fine dining experience, not only in Beverly Hills, but also in greater Los Angeles,  where there are not many establishments of this high caliber.
 

Listen to what I said about Muse on KNX1070.



Sushi Special

on November 17th, 2008
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by Sophie Gayot

My dinner on Friday was a deluge of sushi at the new Hamasaku location on Melrose; a legendary spot that once housed Ma Maison (where Toshi Kihara got his first job in the US).

Toshi must have figured out that my birthday was close and came from the kitchen with a gorgeous decorated plate filled with mochi ice cream. And yes, we all ate the caramel sugar sculpture!

Here it what I can report on the dinner I had the following week.

Listen to what I said about Hamasaku on KNX1070.

Watch me on The Insider, aired in Dec, 27, about the restaurant.

 

 

(Sophie Gayot is dressed by Paule Vasseur, www.paule-vasseur.com)

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Sushi in Century City

on November 14th, 2008
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What a better way to eat sushi than when it is prepared by the CEO/President of the California Sushi Academy, chef Toshi Sugiura—who is also the first of the only four certified sake Masters Emeritus in the United States.

After Hama in Venice, he is now at the helm of Bar Hayama on Sawtelle, south of Santa Monica boulevard. Sugiura has partnered with the InterContinental Los Angeles, and executive chef Vincent Cachot from Park Grill restaurant.

Every day from 5:30pm to 10pm sit in the lounge and indulge yourself in raw fish, rice, nori, soy sauce, wasabi without forgetting sake. Irasshaimase!



Dining with Curtis Stone

on November 12th, 2008
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Take Home Chef Curtis Stone with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 

We all know TLC’s Take Home Chef Curtis Stone, who made the 2006 People magazine’s list of sexiest men alive. (And I can confirm it is still very true).

Last night, instead of him coming to my kitchen to cook, I was very lucky to go his house. He prepared dinner in front of my eyes: lobster ravioli, mushroom soup, white truffle risotto and a few more dishes. 


My Dinner at XIV

on November 11th, 2008
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Victoria Recano, executive chef Steven Fretz and Sophie Gayot at XIV in Los Angeles

by Sophie Gayot

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of sharing my dinner at the new Los Angeles restaurant XIV with Victoria Recaño, the correspondent to the daily CBS show The Insider.

You can now read my review of the restaurant on site.

XIV is Michael Mina’s first restaurant in Los Angeles, and it is attracting many celebrities. The night we were there Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was dining at the next table!



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