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The Rooftop by JG

9850 Wilshire Blvd. (Santa Monica Blvd.) Send to Phone
310-860-6570
Let's say the views and the relaxing, upscale ambience can sometimes win over the dishes.

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Open Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Sat. 9 a.m.- midnight, Sun. 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
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The Rooftop by JG, Beverly Hills, CA

The Rooftop by JG Restaurant Review

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About the restaurant: Some rooftops have a better view than others. The Rooftop by JG belongs to the ones with the better, let us say, views, as you are getting unobstructed sights of the City of Angels as far as you can see, including downtown and all of Beverly Hills, of course, as the glitzy city is literally at your feet. Turn once more and your eyes cross paths with the Santa Monica Mountains and, weather permitting and depending on where you are sitting, the blue patch in the background that is the Pacific. While there are tables overlooking the emblematic crossroads of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, we prefer the ones on the north side looking onto the more peaceful gardens of the mansions below and the sunset over the mountains --- don’t we all love the spectacle of the sun saying goodbye for the day?

Likes: Discover L.A. from above.
Dislikes: Prices can be a little stiff (but the cityscape compensates). Très, très dark at night.

Food & Drinks: French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his team --- which includes chef Steve Benjamin, another Frenchman and a Robuchon disciple --- have composed a rooftop menu as it should be: easy, sharable dishes so you can keep focusing on the atmosphere created by the high-floor outdoor location of the restaurant. An Asian twist has been infused into the original menu. It shows in many dishes, like the sesame crusted asparagus to dip into a yuzu sauce; chili rubbed beef skewers and Thai basil dipping sauce; spicy Thai chicken wings with mango and mint; spicy Thai slaw with strings of Asian pear; and the Thai short rib burger. The winner dish here is definitely the beautiful hamachi sashimi, swimming in a pungent coconut juice, chili tapioca and tropical fruit --- ask for a spoon. Other options include homemade spiced chicken samosas, an organic Cobb salad, and a lobster burger with melted Gruyère cheese. Vegetarians will find some comfort with the tagliatelle mushroom bolognaise or the crunchy eggplant Parmesan with fresh mozzarella and basil. Break the bank with the 32-ounce Tomahawk steak seasoned with a black pepper sauce and coriander pesto served with crispy potatoes ($230). Skip the weird and unflavorful chocolate mousse for the apricot floating island and its coconut tapioca. Since the bar draws lots of crowds and action, be a part of it and order a cocktail; there is a short beer and wine list.
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