by: Sophie Gayot
If you walk into The Blvd, the other restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire hotel besides CUT (one of 2011 Top 10 Steakhouses in the US), on Thursday nights between 6 and 8 p.m., you will certainly wonder what is the unusual smell in the room.
At least until the end of February, Norbert Wabnig or Tony Princiotta, the partner/owners of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, invade the center of the room with their cheese and their “melting machine.” That means there is no need to go to the Alps to savor the Swiss delicacy raclette. The warm, melted cheese comes with the usual fingerling potatoes, charcuterie and cornichons, with a Californian addition of heirloom cauliflower, romesco and peppers. Each plate costs $15.
If you prefer your cheese cold, come on Tuesday or Wednesday, between the same hours of 6 to 8 p.m., for tasting plates priced at $20 or $35.
Make sure to reserve a table as The Blvd fills up very quickly. It was completely packed during my recent visit, and stayed that way until late into the night.
You can click on each photo to enlarge to see the cheeses from The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills being served at The Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire. All photos by Sophie Gayot.