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  • pinitbutton SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Now Open

by Sophie Gayot

At the stroke of midnight on Friday, August 22, the SLS Las Vegas hotel opened its doors — after a massive five-minute fireworks display, that is.

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Oct

  • pinitbutton Truffle Extraordinaire Part 1

by Sophie Gayot


This is not the first time that the endless creativity of chef José Andrés compelled me to my computer to write a piece after sitting at the table of one of his restaurants.


This time, it is about the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. This series presents a great challenge as the key ingredient is what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen“. Using truffles reduces dramatically Andrés’ range of action and forces him to express himself in one direction.

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  • pinitbutton Where to Dine Out for New Year’s Eve
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In the kitchen at The Bazaar at SLS Beverly Hills – From left to right: Aitor Zabala (Assistant Director R&D Think Food Group); Holly Jivin (SAAM Chef & The Bazaar Sous Chef); Christian Philippo (General Manager The Bazaar), Philip Spee (F&B SLS outlet); Heather Denehy (Server); Shanon Ferguson (F&B Director SLS); with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Since there are so many restaurants offering dinner to celebrate 2013, we have put together lists of the best restaurants near you. The best of the best made GAYOT’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Restaurants in the U.S.!


Last night I headed to The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills to see what they were planning for the big night: be prepared for a Spanish Masquerade Ball. For $250, you will have unlimited access to the tapas and desserts that make Andrés’ cuisine so different, as well as drinks. Quite a deal for this restaurant!


If you choose to stay at home, make sure to pick the right bubbles with our sparkling wine guide.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and may you enjoy CONTINUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS IN 2013!



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Aug

  • pinitbutton A New Pizza at Mercato di Vetro
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General Manager Andrew Adams, chef de cuisine Mateo Rogers with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


When sbe executive chef Danny Elmaleh approached Mercato di Vetro chef de cuisine Mateo Rogers with the idea of doing a blackberry bacon pizza, he was intrigued. So was I when Rogers told me what kind of pizza I was holding when we took the picture above at sbe’s West Hollywood, California restaurant. I had to try it. Hey, why not? And, you know what? It actually works. It is a fun play on the toppings of the dish that Wikipedia defines as “an oven-baked, flat, round bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings.”
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Jul

  • pinitbutton Desserts by José Andrés
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“Gin and Tonic” José’s favorite cocktail

by Sophie Gayot


The title of Roger Vadim’s 1956 film, “…And God Created Woman” starring Brigitte Bardot, comes to mind as we propose that José Andrés created — or at least recreated — desserts at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.


I had dinner there a few weeks ago. At the end I was forced by general manager Shannon Ferguson to try the new desserts — I say “forced” because chef de cuisine Joshua Whigham had already sent enough dishes to satisfy my appetite.

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Nov

  • pinitbutton An Italian Affair in West Hollywood

by Sophie Gayot


The latest accomplishment of Sam Nazarian’s sbe group is Mercato di Vetro restaurant in West Hollywood. The challenge Nazarian faces every time he opens a new place is to actually come up with a “new” place and not duplicate one of the successes he already has. Remember, sbe is at the helm of Katsuya (4 locations), The Bazaar by José Andrés, Cleo, The Abbey, Gladstone’s and Papaya King.


One of the reasons he has managed to continue his winning ways is because of the talented team Nazarian has assembled. It seems that all of them work really hard, so guests can have a great experience, leave happy and want to return. Watch our exclusive interview with one team member, sbe’s executive chef Danny Elmaleh, who created the menu at Mercato.

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And the LA Winners Are…!

on February 16th, 2011
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Feb

  • pinitbutton And the LA Winners Are…!

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by Sophie Gayot


On Valentine’s Day, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Frank Mottek of KNX1070 about our 2011 Restaurant Issue.


Since his daily show, the KNX Business Hour, airs locally, we discussed the Los Angeles winners in the following categories:


Top 40 Restaurants in the US — there were five local winners: Mélisse, Patina, Providence, Spago Beverly Hills, Urasawa
Top 10 New Restaurants in the USThe Royce was our choice
Top 10 Steakhouses in the USCUT at the Beverly Wilshire
Top 10 Insider Picks in the USThe Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Top 5 Rising Chefs in the USChef Jordan Kahn at Red Medicine.

If you missed the show, you can listen to it here.


I also mentioned Cleo and Savory, two new restaurants, for their very reasonable prices. For more about new restaurants in Los Angeles, visit GAYOT.com’s New & Notable list.



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Jan

  • pinitbutton GAYOT.com 2011 Insider Picks

by: Sophie Gayot


Inspired by a very savory and pleasant dinner at chef Paul Prudhomme‘s restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, in the French Quarter in New Orleans, we decided to create a new list for our 2011 Restaurant Issue called “Insider Picks.” It reveals where to go for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times, if you only have one night to dine out in a particular city.


Watch my exclusive video interview above with one of the winners, chef José Andrés, for his Los Angeles restaurant The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.


The other awards listed in the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue are:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.
- U.S. Restaurateur of the Year
- Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.
- Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S.
- Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.
- Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S.
- 5 Rising Chefs.


We look forward to your feedback and suggestions in the “Leave a comment” area below (click on the “Continue reading” link, if necessary) or in our Top 40 Restaurant forum.

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  • pinitbutton SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills Offers Itself its Own Present for its Second Anniversary

by Sophie Gayot

 

Two years ago, Sam Nazarian set the new standard in the hotel world when he opened SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. There was a Superb Luxurious Soirée* where Dom Pérignon was the drink of the evening for over a thousand guests who also enjoyed José Andrés’ tapas. Right after its opening, the hotel made our 2008 Top 10 New U.S. Hotels, and we named The Bazaar by José Andrés to our 2010 Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. Considering the huge success of both venues, it seems that these picks were judicious. 
   
Last night, in celebration of the two-year anniversary, there was a more intimate party where the hotel’s general manager Philip Dailey introduced the new concept gift shop, “Regalo.” The “shop without walls,” as he likes to call it, includes objects from only four luxury brands: Assouline, Baccarat, D.L.& C and Kiki de Montparnasse. In the exclusive video interview you can watch above, Dailey explains more about the shop located within The Bazaar whose name is Spanish for ‘gift.’

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Hello, Cleopatra!

on August 31st, 2010
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Aug

  • pinitbutton Hello, Cleopatra!

It seems that Sam Nazarian likes to keep himself busy, and I am glad that he does. Tomorrow, Nazarian and his team will officially open Cleo restaurant in Hollywood at The Redbury hotel, just across Hollywood Boulevard from Katsuya Hollywood. 
 
 
Last night, I got to discover this new spot, so I can share my first impressions. SBE corporate chef Daniel Elmalel has composed a good menu with food from around the Mediterranean basin. Strangely enough, there is no cuisine offered from Egypt, home of the original Cleo(patra). Greece and Morocco are well-represented with dishes like tatziki, moussaka, grilled octopus and couscous. For now, avoid the beef cheek tagine which needs work. Prices range from just $6, with nothing on the menu more than $16, making it a good value. The bar will draw crowds with their interesting specialty cocktails. Mix all the above and you get a great, noisy, place for the young and young-at-heart. Continue reading “Hello, Cleopatra!” »


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