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Stephan Samson, Sophie Gayot, David Myers

by Sophie Gayot

David Myers surprised us all with his latest venture. We were anticipating the opening of Comme Ca in Costa Mesa.

Instead, we got Pizzeria Ortica which he opened last night with chef Stephan Samson, who was formerly at Valentino. Expect simple Italian fare with thin-crust pizzas, pasta and much more.

Florent Marneau of Marché Moderne, who I went to visit after, told me that “We are glad to see David coming here”—meaning that the Orange County culinary scene is climbing one step higher.

Myers has more projects in the works: Ortica in front of Sona, a catering service, and providing upscale bread to restaurants. And Comme Ca in OC will open soon.

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Sophie Gayot with chef Sebastian Archambault, his team, and general manager Michel Morauw

 by Sophie Gayot

Last night I experienced the latest Sunset Strip restaurant, located in the new ANdAZ hotel, a reincarnation of the Hyatt on Sunset made famous by the memorable parties thrown by rock ‘n’ rollers like Led Zeppelin. These intense blow-outs earned the hotel a nickname, “Riot House.” The restaurant, RH, pays tribute to that part of the hotel’s history, which has even seen a TV fly out of its window.

Chef Sebastien Archambault prepares a clean, home-style cuisine. I liked the vegetables—lots of them—that accompanied the red snapper, and the Kurobuta pork, which were also served as an amuse-bouche.

Both the restaurant and the hotel will officially open on Thursday, Jan. 8. General manager Michel Morauw’s motto is “Everyone can be a VIP at the hotel.” By the way, “andaz” is an Urdu (a Central Indo-Aryan language) word meaning “style”. ANdAZ is a new brand operated by Hyatt Corporation. The first ANdAZ opened in London in November 2008; the property in West Hollywood is its American debut, to be followed by two in New York and one in Austin.

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Celebrity Dining Hot Spots

on December 27th, 2008
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Sophie Gayot on The Insider

Tune in tonight to The Insider, the CBS nightly, half-hour entertainment newsmagazine, where Sophie Gayot will reveal the top five Hollywood dining hot spots.

December 28th.
If you missed the show, see the restaurants where celebrities like to dine.



  • pinitbutton What’s New on the Los Angeles Dining Scene?
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Frank Mottek & Sophie Gayot in the KNX studios

 From wherever you are, listen to Sophie Gayot today on KNX1070 during Frank Mottek’s Business Hour between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. In the LA area, tune your radio to 1070AM; otherwise you can listen from your computer at http://www.knx1070.com/.

Sophie will help you discover Los Angeles’s latest restaurants.

You can listen to

- today’s interview here knx1070121608

- Sophie’s previous interviews here.



  • pinitbutton Sneak Peek at The Bazaar at SLS at Beverly Hills

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by Sophie Gayot


A third blog posting about the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills in one month? That may sound excessive, but there is much to report about Sam Nazarian’s first luxury hotel—we’ve hardly even mentioned the food!

Here’s a sneak peek at chef José Andrés’ cuisine at The Bazaar. Some of his dishes, like his foie gras wrapped in cotton candy, are as extravagant as Philippe Starck’s design. But by the end of the night, you’ll have had, for sure, quite a different dining experience!

Listen to what I said on KNX1070 about The Bazaar.

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The chefs from the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine with Sophie and Alain Gayot

 

On Sunday November 30th, the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine based in Los Angeles held its annual gala dinner at The Regency Club in Westwood, Los Angeles. The club’s chef, Dominique Raynal, who is a foie gras advocate, served it in terrine form to start the meal. Then he surprised us with a perfectly cooked turbot.

During the reception, there was a silent auction to benefit the HOPE Program in the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Last September, a donation of $30,000 was presented to the organization.

Chef Florent Marneau of Marché Moderne in Costa Mesa, was named by the Club Culinaire “Chef of Year” in front of his peers. Continue reading “French Cuisine by the Club Culinaire in Los Angeles” »



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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  • pinitbutton A New Muse for the Pleasure of our Palate

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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!



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