by Sophie Gayot
A few weeks ago, I headed to Nic’s Restaurant & Martini Lounge (aka Nic’s Beverly Hills) for a special dinner in which each course was paired with cocktails made exclusively with Grey Goose vodka, which graces our Top 10 vodka list. That was the perfect place to host the event, as Nic’s Beverly Hills is the only restaurant west of Las Vegas that has what chef/owner Larry Nicola and his son Luke, creative director, like to call the “VodBox,” a walk-in freezer filled with some of the best boutique vodkas in the world.
I was surprised to discover that the cocktails were prepared by Guillaume Jubien, master mixologist & ambassador of Grey Goose Vodka Brand. Lucky me; this was the second time in a few months that I was attending a vodka pairing dinner with Jubien in charge of the drinking portion. For out of all of the mixologists whose concoctions I’ve tried, he is the best one. He is so good, that I don’t think he learned his skills; he just has a special gift for making elegant drinks. They are always perfectly balanced, not too strong and extremely creative. Too bad he doesn’t have his own lounge!
I can’t forget to mention the dishes prepared by chef Nicola. As I also like his cuisine, let me tell you that I had a great evening.
You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from Nic’s Beverly Hills restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.