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  • pinitbutton The 25 Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Spring 2014

 

 

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Crispy tuna (Thé Cool @ Berri’s Café), Chef Brian Malarkey (Herringbone at the Mondrian), Maude by chef Curtis Stone

 


The Best LA Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

 

Los Angeles is spoiled for choice when it comes to new, inventive and important places to dine. Whether it’s a beachy seafood shack, a downtown dining destination or an upscale Studio City spot helmed by a former Top Chef contestant, there are endless opportunities to eat well in the City of Angels. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants to eat at, right now.

 

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  • pinitbutton Celebrate the Year of the Horse

by Sophie Gayot

 

If the New Year celebration based on the Gregorian calendar only lasts for a single day, it is not the case for the Chinese New Year, as it lasts fifteen days.

 

For the Gregorian calendar, celebrations are held on December 31, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day is a holiday. The lunisolar Chinese calendar determines the date of Chinese New Year, so it changes every year. For 2014, it started on January 31st under the sign of the horse, so you have until February 14 to celebrate.

 

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Where to Dine in 2014

on January 03rd, 2014
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Clockwise from upper left: The Church Key, Hakkasan (Beverly Hills), Lazare (Paris), Hôtel Plaza Athénée (Paris)

by Sophie Gayot
 
As 2013 has ended, aren’t you looking forward to know where to dine in 2014?
 
We have a few things that can help.
 
Listen to my latest interview on chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show, which is now syndicated throughout America, where we discussed (listen to show here):
- chef Michel Richard’s new restaurant in New York, Villard at The New York Palace;
- chef Jeff Mahin’s new additions to the Chicago scene, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria;
- Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and Sam Marvin’s Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Las Vegas;
- then we went to Paris to talk about the major renovation going on at the Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée, and chef Eric Frechon‘s new gourmet bistro Lazare;
- we finished the journey in Los Angeles at Hakkasan, the new Chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills, and chef Steven Fretz’s The Church Key in West Hollywood, which is already so popular, it’s hard to get a table.

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Happy Holidays!

on December 20th, 2013
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  • pinitbutton Happy Holidays!

by Sophie Gayot

 

The holiday season is here. Yesterday, I celebrated it by spending part of the afternoon in the kitchen of Montage Beverly Hills with executive chef Gabriel Ask. Watch my exclusive video above to see what Ask recommends cooking during these cold winter afternoons. It’s sure to please the whole family.

I also got to taste his delicious Stollen cake, a German Christmas tradition. You can find it at the hotel during afternoon tea or in the boutique.

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Chef Curtis Stone is opening his very first restaurant


by Sophie Gayot


If Aussie Curtis Stone has become famous in the U.S. through the 81 episodes of TLC’s “Take Home Chef” TV show, he is at his roots a REAL chef. His passion and love for food started when he was just four in the kitchen of his grandmother, Maude.


At 18, he becomes a professional chef at the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne. After touring the gastronomic countries that are France, Italy and Spain to perfect his culinary education, he ended up in London with none other than the extravagant Marco Pierre White at three venues: Café Royal; Mirabelle where Curtis was the sous-chef; and Quo Vadis as the head chef. Talk about a learning experience, especially since I know how nice and courteous Curtis is!

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  • pinitbutton Celebrating Chinese New Year!

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the Year of the Snake, I had many dining options available. I chose to go to Joss Cuisine/Traditional in Beverly Hills, CA. It was a good pick! The restaurant has improved its cuisine, and now bears a rating of 14/20, which is one point higher than it was at my last visit. It has also been added to the GAYOT.com Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in Los Angeles list.

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  • pinitbutton French Restaurant on Rodeo Drive

by Sophie Gayot


There is sunny Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and there is the Champs-Élysées in Paris, which is buried under snow as I write this. Each of these prestigious streets has only a single hotel directly located on them: the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Élysées and Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel. While there are many restaurants with terraces on the most beautiful avenue in the world (“la plus belle avenue du monde”), there is only one on the walk of style: On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge.


Discover the restaurant with my exclusive video interview of hotel general manager Marcus Mueller and French executive chef Olivier Rousselle. Read the just published review of the restaurant to learn its rating and more.

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Sneak Peek at the New Spago

on September 21st, 2012
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  • pinitbutton Sneak Peek at the New Spago
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Interior designer Waldo Fernandez & master-chef Wolfgang Puck with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


After an extensive renovation, Wolfgang Puck‘s flagship restaurant Spago in Beverly Hills will reopen tonight. I drove by and based on what I saw from the outside, I expect many changes inside.


As I am headed there tonight for dinner, come back in a few hours to see exclusive photos of the new interior of this iconic Beverly Hills restaurant.


UPDATE 9/21/12: Yesterday I wrote that I was heading for dinner at Spago Beverly Hills which has been closed for renovations for three months. I declared that I would post pictures of the new décor a few hours after I dined. But as it is not completely finished, I was asked not to put any photos online. The ones I have will have to stay on my computer. Hopefully, I will go back when the renovations are complete.

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  • pinitbutton Spago Closed, but Only Temporarily
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Spago Beverly Hills under (re?)-construction – Copyright © GAYOT.com

by Sophie Gayot

UPDATE 9/17/12: Only a few more days of patience for the fans of Spago before the restaurant reopens!

Even if you are an A-list celebrity or know one of the owners, über-chef Wolfgang Puck or designer Barbara Lazaroff, there is no way you will get a table at Spago in Beverly Hills tonight… or even for the next few weeks. Just look at this photo. The restaurant had announced that they were undergoing a renovation, but it looks like we are going to get a totally new Spago.


For those who are familiar with the space, they will be happy to learn that the olive trees adorning the patio have been saved by Lazaroff and will be replanted soon. Smaller ones will also be added. The bar and the open kitchen will remain, while the private room will be enlarged. How the rest of the restaurant will turn out is a total mystery. You will have to wait until mid-September to see how Spago has been transformed.

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  • pinitbutton Sunday Brunch at Scarpetta Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot

 

Aren’t you always looking for a place to brunch on Sunday? There is a new one at Montage Beverly Hills at its restaurant Scarpetta. Chef Scott Conant, a lady killer, is not always there, but you may still enjoy his kitchen while he is busy touring his other Scarpetta restaurants or shooting his TV show. And I really mean his kitchen, as the savory buffet is actually displayed in the kitchen, a unique feature of which Montage owner Alan Fuerstman takes pride. Not too many restaurants can claim to have such a beautiful kitchen. We all wish we could have one like that.

 

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