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And the Legend Continues

on September 16th, 2009
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16

Sep

Milk sorbet with strawberries from pastry chef Jean-François Suteau

Milk sorbet with strawberries from pastry chef Jean-François Suteau

By Sophie Gayot

A recent dinner at The Polo Lounge, a Beverly Hills legendary restaurant, made us rediscover the dining room of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Chef Alex Chen and pastry chef Jean-François Suteau prepared a very elegant dinner that raised our rating of the restaurant an additional point (from 15/20 to 16/20), which put it on our Los Angeles Top 10 Food Rating list.

 

Besides the Los Angeles Classic Restaurant Top 10, it also cracked the Los Angeles Top 10 for celebrity-spotting and Los Angeles Top 10 French Restaurants list. The Polo Lounge will be a good replacement option when the Bel-Air Hotel closes its doors at the end of the month for its two-year-long renovation.

 

The restaurant is our Los Angeles Review of the Week. You can enjoy the dinner in pictures below.

 

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14

Sep

The patio at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica
The patio at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica

By Sophie Gayot

Before I sit down at my computer to write the full review of La Cachette Bistro, I want to share with you, right away, my dinner there last night in our blog section—view it in the pictures below.

After many years of offering fine dining at La Cachette in Century City, chef Jean-François Meteigner is now doing “bistro” cuisine in Santa Monica.

Both the food and décor, whether enjoyed inside or on the patio, will surely attract diners.

 

 

Continue reading “It’s all Good Jean-François!” »



10

Sep

Chef Brian Redzikowski with his sous chefs

Chef Brian Redzikowski (middle) with his sous chefs

By Sophie Gayot

 

After two very unpleasant dinners foodwise, I decided to give BondSt Beverly Hills another chance. The result was a definite gourmet treat.

 

The décor and the service were unchanged, but right after the first course, it was obvious that there was somebody new in the kitchen; someone talented, very talented.

 

Young chef Brian Redzikowski, who hails from Le Cirque, Alain Ducasse, Nobu and Robuchon, has infused his talent and expertise to the place. He has completely turned around the cuisine, and serves smart and elegant dishes, (see pictures below).

 

Whoever found Redzikowski and trusted him to become a chef with his own kitchen should be proud of this discovery.

  Continue reading “A Turnaround at BondSt Beverly Hills” »



A Prime Setting

on September 04th, 2009
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04

Sep

Chef Andreas Nieto (right) and his team
Chef Andreas Nieto (right) and his team

By Sophie Gayot

 

Our current Los Angeles Restaurant of the Week is the highest restaurant in Los Angeles. Located on the thirty-fifth floor of The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, L.A. Prime offers a 360-degree view of the city and fine cuisine and steaks from chef Andreas Nieto.

 

 

L.A. Prime has earned a spot on our list of Top 10 Penthouse Restaurants in the US, as well as our Top 10 Los Angeles Restaurants with a View list, and Top 10 Los Angeles Steakhouse restaurant list. Don’t miss the revolving lounge right below it.

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02

Sep

Virgin Mobile FreeFest Express

Virgin Mobile FreeFest Express

by Becky Sauer

 

As if giving away 35,000 tickets to a concert headlined by Blink 182, Weezer and Franz Ferdinand weren’t enough, Virgin Mobile also went above and beyond to provide an extra-special Virgin Mobile FreeFest experience for a few dozen music fans on the West Coast.

Continue reading “Flying High on the FreeFest Express” »



24

Aug

Three different grape varietals of KOZ Wine

Three different grape varietals of KOZ Wine

By Jeff Hoyt

 

 

Saxophonist Dave Koz is used to seeing his name in lights, but now he can see it on wine labels. The six-time Grammy nominee took the time before his concert yesterday at the Hollywood Bowl to introduce his latest venture: wine.

 

 

Three different grape varietals of KOZ Wine – Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, a Rhone style El Dorado “Red Alto” Blend, and, our favorite, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, are now on sale at Southern California Whole Foods Markets, and the musician will be making appearances to meet fans and sign bottles.

 

Continue reading “Wine for a Good “Koz”” »



21

Aug

Champagnerbratbirne fruit

Champagnerbratbirne fruit

By Sylvie Greil

 

 

Greetings from Southern Germany, where we had the pleasure of sampling a smooth, delicious “Pear Champagne.”

Reminiscent of a mild, moussey cider, its fine pearly bubbles play delicately on the tongue. Vintner Jörg Geiger originally labeled his libation Pear Champagne—until he got word from France that he better quickly change it to Birnenschaumwein (or pear bubbly), since, as everyone knows, Champagne can only come from, well, Champagne.

 

 

This particular sparkler centers around a fruit that has been used since 1760: Champagnerbratbirne, loosely translated as “Baked Champagne Pear,” or a pear that bakes well. It has garnered distinction from Slow Food Germany. www.manufaktur-joerg-geiger.de/

 

Continue reading “A Sparkling Pear Libation” »



18

Aug

Chef Kerry Simon with Sophie Gayot in the kitchen of Simon L.A.

Chef Kerry Simon with Sophie Gayot in the kitchen of Simon L.A.

By Sophie Gayot

 

I am pleased to introduce the “Gayot Dinner Series” which will be held at some of the finest restaurants in the Los Angeles area.

 

The Gayot’s are quite honored that celebrity chef Kerry Simon will be the first chef to participate. He will be cooking the first two dinners of the “Gayot Dinner Series,” which will be presented in his Los Angeles restaurant, Simon L.A., located in the Sofitel Los Angeles on September 10th and 11th.

 

Simon L.A. is one of our Los Angeles Top 10 American Restaurants, and has one of our Top 10 Chef’s Tables and Top 10 Lounges.

 

I will also be there both evenings to talk about the dishes with the guests. We are still fine-tuning the menu, but diners will be able to enjoy Maine lobster, organic corn tortellini, Simon Prime Beef Strip and more of Kerry Simon’s creative dishes, for the unbelievable price of just $48 per person.

 

You can make reservations by calling 310-358-3979. I hope to see you there!

 

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Dine with the Pacific

on August 14th, 2009
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14

Aug

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

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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13

Aug

Chef Laurent Quenioux (in a white tee-shirt) from Bistro LQ and his team

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!

  Continue reading “More a Restaurant than a Bistro” »



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