A Delicious New Start at XIV

Chef Michael Mina and Sophie Gayot
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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A New Restaurant at SLS at Beverly Hills

Chef Michael Voltaggio smoking salmon wiht TV star chaf Giada di laurentiis and Sophie Gayot
Chef Michael Voltaggio smoking salmon with TV star chef Giada de Laurentiis and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

A birthday celebration last week took me to dinner at The Bazaar by José Andrés. Two pieces of good news came from the kitchen where chef Michael Voltaggio was cooking that evening. First, the meal was as good as the previous ones we’ve had.

 
The second was the announcement of the opening of restaurant Saam at The Bazaar by José Andrés tomorrow, April 9th. Saam is a secluded dining room in The Bazaar, which is also decorated by Philippe Starck. In a very private and stylish atmosphere, José Andrés will offer a fine dining version of 20-plus “tastes” or small courses for $120 per person, or $170 including wine pairings. We are very much looking forward to dining there!

  

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Paris Hilton at the Opening of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills

Paris Hilton and Sophie Gayot
Paris Hilton and Sophie Gayot

by The Gayots

 

 During last night’s Stylish Luxurious Soirée to celebrate the opening of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, guests were treated with Dom Perignon and Jose Andrés’s upscale tapas.

 
The gates to the hotel, just named one of GAYOT.com’s Top 10 new hotels for 2008, and to The Bazaar were kept closed until the series of speeches concluded. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed another of Sam Nazarian’s realizations, and the businessman gracefully thanked his parents for their support.

See the evening in pictures. Click on the picture to enlarge

 For a full photo tour of the hotel, click on the link.

Sam Nazarian’s Vision of the Hotel World

by Sophie Gayot

UPDATE AUGUST 2014: TOUR THE NEW SLS LAS VEGAS PROPERTY WITH EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS.

 

 

I just came back from a two-hour tour of Sam Nazarian’s first hotel of his SLS collection, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Designed by Philippe Starck, the Los Angeles address is a unique property that will surely set new standards; not to mention that chef José Andrés is in charge of your gastronomical pleasures.

 

I would like to thank Sam for what his endeavors bring to the hospitality and culinary world.

 

Get a full photo tour, with the images below. Click on them for a larger view.

Click here to see the grand opening party of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on December 5th, 2008.

 

Click here to read more articles about Sam Nazarian and sbe properties, including SLS Las Vegas.

 

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