As I headed to Pasadena to check out The Royce, the new restaurant at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, I had no doubt that the décor would be better than that of the space’s former inhabitant, The Dining Room, which sported probably the most boring room of the past few years of such a high level restaurant. I was worried about the chef, who had a tough act to follow in Michael Voltaggio, and previously Craig Strong. But I had nothing to fear, as chef David Féau prepared quite a spectacular dinner.
Born and trained in France, Féau moved to New York at Lutèce, opened Lutèce in Vegas, then joined the Patina Group in 2006 in Los Angeles. I have to say, he has completely integrated the two culinary cultures of classic French and the West Coast of the US to create upscale modern dishes with a sexy twist. Isn’t that we look for when we take the time for a fine dining feast?