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Chef John Fraser's enthusiasm and passion for cooking is evident in this chic restaurant, offering dishes created with a mix of cuisines from around the world.


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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Ardor, West Hollywood, CA

Ardor Restaurant Review

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About the restaurant: Chef John Fraser’s Ardor restaurant has all the ingredients for an ultimate casual dining experience: the ambience created by a décor made with green plants all over the room, adorning light beige booths, banquettes and chairs; impeccable lighting so you can see everyone at the table and what is yet to come; a cocktail program; professional service; and, we really appreciate this one, very good acoustics with low music volume so you can actually entertain a conversation, whether it is friendly, business or romantic.

Likes: The modern elegance of the venue and the food.
Dislikes: Absolutely none.


About the food: You have to start with the milk bread flanked with beefsteak tomatoes. In the vein of Fraser’s reputation for working with vegetables, order a shredded Brussels sprouts salad or the cauliflower tandoor on a bed of chaat masala. The yellow fin tuna tartare, that you need to finish yourself at the table by mixing the quail egg and olives, is perfectly seasoned by an anchovy mustard. Grilled Alaskan king crab is flavored by a garlic-chive clarified butter, and is also a very tasty choice. A little too much olive oil was poured in the broth of the poached snapper accompanied by manila clams. Duck comes two ways on your plate, a crusted herbs of Provence magret and a duck leg confit, both paired with a tomato and quince purée. For the finale, the gooseberry phyllo pizza where a twenty-five-year-old balsamic is poured tableside is a true must-have --- note that it has to be pre-ordered; you would not want to miss it. Even the vegan chocolate ganache cake was good.

Brunch: One weekend (or more), you should head to the green dining room or patio for the decadent brunch. Besides the bland lobster scramble, all the options are well thought out. The winner is the egg sandwich, though you will also enjoy the eggs benedict (a classic but so tasty), avocado toast, gravlax or the Hawaiian fried rice. In the sweet section, the whole wheat skillet pancake and mango smoothie bowl are good selections. Kids will have fun with the raspberry doughnut. The croissant deserves its own sentence as it is the best one we've ever had (yes, ever had) --- it's a fluffy, buttery dream… See photos.





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