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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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  • 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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Aug

  • pinitbutton Sixth GAYOT.com Dinner Series
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Craft Los Angeles chefs Anthony Zappola and Shannon Swindle with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The 6th GAYOT Dinner Series will be in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Signature Chefs Auction for the March of Dimes Greater Los Angeles Division held at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. The lead chefs of the event will be chef de cuisine Anthony Zapolla and pastry chef Shannon Swindle from CRAFT Los Angeles.
 
 
During the evening, ten chefs from the greater Los Angeles will be presenting tasting portions in the private courtyard of the SLS Hotel. As the honorary chair, I will be in the crowd mingling with the chefs and attendees, so you can ask me any question you have about food and I will be happy to answer. Continue reading “Sixth GAYOT.com Dinner Series” »


Dining by the Beach

on July 02nd, 2010
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Mayor Richard Riordan, Sam Nazarian and Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Almost a year ago, I ran into Sam Nazarian at XIV restaurant where he informed me that he had just taken over the management of Gladstone’s in Pacific Palisades, which is owned by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan.

The 35-year old restaurant had become a Los Angeles classic, NOT for its forgettable cuisine but for its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. But over the past year, the food has markedly improved, now making Gladstone’s pleasing to the tongue as well as the eyes.

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And The Winner Is…

on November 04th, 2009
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Nov

  • pinitbutton And The Winner Is…
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Chefs Michael Mina and Katsuya Uechi with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Even though last night’s dinner at XIV entitled “East Meets West” was not a competition between chefs Katsuya Uechi (of Katsuya fame) and Michael Mina (XIV, and many more), I donned my Hell’s Kitchen clothes (the ones I was wearing when I judged in episode 4.08) and could not stop myself from comparing the dishes that were served side by side.

 

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Oct

  • pinitbutton Second Gayot Dinner Series
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Saam general manager Felix Meana with Sophie Gayot enjoying “Dragon’s Breath” popcorn

By Sophie Gayot

Due to overwhelming response for the GAYOT dinner at The Bazaar on November 6th, we are pleased to offer two additional evenings at Saam, the chef’s tasting room at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills: Friday, November 13th, and the following Thursday, November 19th. If you were not able to make a reservation originally, here are two more chances to join us. Call 310-246-5545.

 

 

 

From modern American cuisine at SIMON L.A. for the first GAYOT Dinner Series in September, we move to the even more modern style of chef José Andrés at The Bazaar for the next GAYOT Dinner to be held on Friday November 6th at Saam, the chef’s tasting room, located within The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

 

Saam is an intimate space with its own décor separated by glass walls from the lively action of The Bazaar. For this occasion, chef José Andrés and his team will create a very special prix-fixe menu of twenty-plus “tastes” for $95 that will include delightful surprises and a complimentary glass of cava for each guest. Wine pairings come in four different categories — Sparkling, Spanish, Global and Sherry — and start at $45 for a flight of four tasting portions.

 

Among the items to expect on the menu are: olive oil bonbon, Dragon’s Breath (popcorn), Sea urchin with pomegranate air, tournedos Rossini,

 

During the evening, which will also be the celebration of the first anniversary of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, I will be at Saam to discuss the meal, and why chef José Andrés’ inventive dishes are the talk of the town. I hope to see you there.

 

Space is limited. Please call 310-246-5545 for reservations.

 

 



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Oct

  • pinitbutton Cotton Candy Foie Gras for a Cause
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Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas of The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot eating cotton candy foie gras

by Sophie Gayot


In my eyes, any excuse is good enough to go to The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills for a cube of foie gras wrapped in cotton candy.

So I was especially pleased to find executive chef Jorge Chicas serving it at the second Los Angeles March of Dimes Annual Chefs Event.


Over 300 guests gathered last week on the private patio at the SLS to taste food and wine from more than 25 restaurants and wineries.

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Aug

  • pinitbutton A New Life for Gladstone’s
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Sam Nazarian with Sophie Gayot at XIV restaurant

 

By Sophie Gayot

Last night, as I was at Michael Mina’s XIV restaurant checking out its mini burgers and floats, perfect for a casual stop on the way back home from the office, I ran into Sam Nazarian who was having dinner (no surprise since he owns the place). Once again I had the pleasure of speaking with him about his new ventures in the restaurant world.

 

Good news for Angelenos: Nazarian has partnered with the owners of Gladstone’s restaurant, right on the beach off Pacific Coast Highway, to manage the spacious location and transform it into a west coast Nikki Beach.

 

We can’t wait!

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  • pinitbutton A Delicious New Start at XIV
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Chef Michael Mina and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

When I went to XIV in November, I was not totally convinced by Michael Mina’s first restaurant in Los Angeles. When the names Mina and Sam Nazarian (SBE Group) are on the door, you have high expectations.

Did the team sense  it? What I am sure of is that they have worked very hard to create a totally new dining experience which, I feel, now works. From Michael Mina, whose eponymous restaurant in San Francisco has been one of our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. for four years in a row, to executive chef Steven Fretz, pastry chef Jordan Kahn and to general manger Ryan Cole, they had all realized that they could make things better, and they succeeded.

 

Note that on Mondays, a three-course market menu is offered for $49, and that you can enjoy the restaurant’s best wines, including Château Cheval Blanc and Domaine de la Romanée Conti, at half price, for any bottle over $100.

You can read our review of XIV restaurant and add your comments in our restaurant section.

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

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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.

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