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HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

8117 Sunset Blvd. (N. Crescent Heights Blvd.) Send to Phone
323-940-1650 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Chef Chris Crary delivers dishes that pack a punch in both looks and taste at this Sunset Strip spot from sbe.

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Dinner Tues.-Wed. from 7 p.m. to close, Thurs.-Sat. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, Los Angeles, CA

HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails Restaurant Review

: This corner location on the Sunset Strip is owned (or at least leased for the long term) by sbe, one of the most powerful nightlife operators. After the mixed success of XIV restaurant, it was natural that the company turned the spot into a nightclub. But the place has another life before the music starts: it comes from the kitchen, which must compete for attention with the décor and the flirty atmosphere created by the sea of (very) high heels and little black dresses. Chef Chris Crary was brought in to take on this challenge. Remember him? He was the “Top Chef” season 9 “Fan Favorite” and also one of GAYOT’s Top 5 Rising chefs in the U.S. in 2012, so we had high expectations. After trying many dishes on the menu, we can tell you that Crary delivers. He perfectly understands how to impress the clientele with dishes that pack a punch in both looks and taste. Start with the seared ahi tuna paired with visually similar sidekicks of heirloom tomatoes and compressed watermelon, or the bone marrow, sprinkled with pistachios and giardiniera, to be spread on spiced brioche. Crary turns grilled peaches and burrata into an elegant plate with swirls of prosciutto. One of his specials, which should be added to the regular menu, is beef tartare, but with mango/papaya spiced purée (instead of an egg yolk) placed in the middle of a ring created with the meat. From the “garden” section, you can order the fashionable crispy Brussels sprouts that are given a sweet taste with dates, Sherry and local honey; or the grilled smokey cauliflower with walnut, caper, roasted tomato and salami aïoli. Order a bowl of chicken Bolognese with melted Parmesan for the table before the local black cod. The fish is laid on a bed of miso cauliflower purée, colored with kumquats; puffed rice gives a crunchy finish. On the more classic end, you may find petit filet mignon served with potato purée boosted with Comté cheese, or the grilled lamb t-bone that gets a spark from the curried couscous and tzatziki. Finish with the must-have s’mores. If you are less adventurous, there are cookies and milk. From the name Hyde Kitchen + Cocktails, you can expect a long list of craft drinks, and a small wine list including Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades.” You have two seating options: the patio (our favorite) or the inside, which has the same décor as the club and merges into it around 11:15 p.m. when the drapes are raised. At that time, glass doors isolate the patio from the music so you can carry on your conversation. The club is not open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so dinner is served until closing time. However, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the last orders are taken at 8:30 p.m. If you want to visit for Sunday brunch, be sure to make reservations.
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