Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Pages

Categories

Archives

  • pinitbutton David Myers’ New Restaurant in Orange County
img 8825 300x225 David Myers’ New Restaurant in Orange County

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.

minilogo David Myers’ New Restaurant in Orange County



09

Jan

  • pinitbutton Legendary Lenôtre Dies at 88
lenotre2 Legendary Lenôtre Dies at 88

Legendary French pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre

by André Gayot

In the late 1960s, Yves Bridault, the chief editor of Le Nouveau Guide Gault-Millau that we founded with my friends, used to visit his aging mother on Sundays. Prior to ringing her bell, he would stop nearby at a small pastry shop.

The young pastry chef had just arrived from his native Normandy and was trying to make his way in Paris. Yves liked the gâteaux this chef was creating and wrote about him in the magazine. Rapidly, the chef’s reputation rose beyond the limits of the 16th arrondissement. Soon, his pâtisserie was filled with gourmets rushing to taste his creations and Gaston Lenôtre acquired well deserved renown as one of the best pastry chefs in Paris. Forty years later, that talented young pâtissier was the head of a worldwide empire of pastry shops and restaurants (Le Café Lenôtre) which included the U.S.
His ambassadors to America was Michel Richard (Michel Richard Citronelle, Central Michel Richard, Citrus at Social, Citronelle by Michel Richard), who hoisted himself to the rank of the best chef in the nation.

 

Gaston Lenôtre, who was the arm of “Nouvelle Cuisine” for pastry (which he made lighter and tastier according to the nouvelle philosophy), passed away this Thursday. We mourn a great innovator and, even more, a friend.



08

Jan

  • pinitbutton The Nouvelle is Alive

 

christianmillau2 The Nouvelle is Alive
Christian Millau

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Dia, gastronomic critic Christian Millau, who in 1973 established the rules of the “Nouvelle Cuisine,” assures that this movement is still alive.

Millau affirms that 35 years after the creation of this movement, pioneering chefs like Joel Robuchon continue this cooking style that once competed with the showiness and decoration of the French tradition. 
 
Millau, who, in November 2008, received the International Prize of “The Best of Gastronomy,” considers “Nouvelle Cuisine” present in kitchens all over the world and what Ferran Adrià has done is “something else;” he has brought his creativity to the highest levels.  Continue reading “The “Nouvelle” is Alive” »


  • pinitbutton RH, a New Restaurant on the Sunset Strip
img 8711 300x225 RH, a New Restaurant on the Sunset Strip

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.

 minilogo RH, a New Restaurant on the Sunset Strip



Our Best Wishes for 2009!

on December 31st, 2008
Print This Post Print This Post

31

Dec

  • pinitbutton Our Best Wishes for 2009!
 
 

 

newyear2008 300x225 Our Best Wishes for 2009!

 On this last day of the year, we at GAYOT.com would like to thank you for your trust in our site.

 

We look forward to bringing you more culinary delights, restaurant news, reviews for the top restaurants and cheap eats as well as the best travel information on hotels, 72-hour vacations and business trips.

 

Let’s not forget that we like to drink wine, Champagne and more (moderately), be showered with gifts, pampered in spas, watch good movies, and drive the car that best fits our budget, all information to be found right here.

 

Let’s be interactive and communicate in the New Year. To that effect, we have set up a forum area in our Community where you can share ideas with other users. Follow us directly in our blog;  and post promptly your restaurant and hotel experience that will appear on the site in our in our “WRITE YOUR OWN REVIEW” section located at the end of each review.

 
 

 


HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Celebrity Dining Hot Spots

on December 27th, 2008
Print This Post Print This Post

27

Dec

  • pinitbutton Celebrity Dining Hot Spots
theinsider 300x174 Celebrity Dining Hot Spots

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?
img 7874 300x225 What’s New on the Los Angeles Dining Scene?

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.



Christmas Abalone @ Surfas

on December 19th, 2008
Print This Post Print This Post

19

Dec

  • pinitbutton Christmas Abalone @ Surfas
 
 

sn200755 300x225 Christmas Abalone @ Surfas

Brad Buckley cooking Abalone with Alain

 
By Alain Gayot

Life is funny like that: today, I really needed an abalone fix. So I headed over to Surfas and caught up with Brad Buckley of The Abalone Farm in Cayucos as he was doing a cooking demonstration. We cooked some and ate some and, as expected, it was rather yummy.

Continue reading “Christmas Abalone @ Surfas” »



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

img 7585 300x225 Sneak Peek at The Bazaar at SLS at Beverly Hills

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.

minilogo Sneak Peek at The Bazaar at SLS at Beverly Hills



Cork? Duck!

on December 17th, 2008
Print This Post Print This Post

17

Dec

  • pinitbutton Cork? Duck!

pop Cork? Duck!

Pommery POP Champagne

By Jeff Hoyt

POP! POW!!


My wife tried to open a sparkling wine last night, and was lucky to escape injury when the cork vigorously flew from the bottle and hit the ceiling. When I recounted that cautionary tale, a co-worker piped in with a cork-cum-surface-to-air missile story that also occurred Tuesday night. So, enjoy our selections of sparkling wine for the holidays, but drink safely: make sure you aim the cork away from your face and hold on tight. Perhaps tonight I’ll indulge in a Duckhorn Merlot for my health, as red wine appears to fight Alzheimer’s and heart disease, and there’s no need to duck a flying Duckhorn cork. Cheers!



« Newer PostsOlder Posts »
Page 106 of 109« First...104105106107108...Last »