An embroidered map of Los Angeles behind the front desk makes for a quirky not kitschy touch. The main lobby is glitzy without being gaudy - with their shades of light blue, brown and gold it made you feel like had stepped into the ravamped Ritz in Laguna Beach but more glitz and not a blue hair in sight.
One of the hallways - notice the gold couch and the beautiful lamps which had that old Edison-like bulbs:
As we oo'd and ah'd our way to the restaurant I kept telling Sam that the place reminded me of a more glamorous Huntley.
The restaurant is made up of four main colors - pink, blue, brown and gold. I could see how some could see a bit of Barbie or Alice in Wonderland in this but to me, it was absolutely beautiful. It's like the hot head chef got in touch with his feminine side.
The bar was glitzed out in gold, I can see this being the "hot spot" very soon.
We ordered the three course $35 lunch:
For my first course I get the tuna tartare with chilled cucumber soup and granny smith sorbet. I'm not a huge tuna fan but I absolutely loved this dish. It's the delicate balance of ingredients that you wouldn't naturally think would go together. Closest thing I probably will getting a feel of what it's like to be on Top Chef.
Sammy gets the special, off-the-menu appetizer, foie gras or duck liver along with other duck parts including poor Daffy's tongue on a bed of salad. Duck tongue?! Yes - you heard me right, duck tongue. I have a problem with eating anything that gives me a sad visual but I had to put aside those feelings to try this dish out. Again - completely amazing.
Main courses - I have the broiled black code with pigs tail which was a bit too salty but the fish was perfectly prepared. I prefer my black cod with miso so I wasn't a huge fan of this dish, I expected a different taste.
Sam has the roasted top sirloin lamb with shoulder and mashed potatoes. He's a big lamb buff and he was savoring every bite. Mashed potatoes were the most creamy, soft and delicious potatoes I've ever had. Sam said this was the most delicious lamb he's ever had in his life.
Desserts? I have the coconut tapioca - which is sizable and just what you think it will be like, slightly chilled with passion fruit this dessert was larger than I expected.
Sammy has the chocolate fondant with brown butter caramel and vanilla ice cream. Now for all you chocolate fans out there this was completely decadent.
Finished with lunch - we were more than satisfied with our meal. The service was excellent right from the start. Everyone's dressed crisp white colored shirts and grey pant suits - they blend in perfectly with the surroundings. Every dish is served with two waiters - one to hold the serving tray, the other to present it to you. Loved the extra touch.
A small tour by manager Nick takes us to the roof - or 10th floor - which has the pool and magnificent views of the city.
Overall?: Food, decor, service, ambiance - just an amazing experience overall. Highly recommend it once if not a few times.
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