Rockpool Dining Group’s Neil Perry shares his top picks of the heavenly new eateries in the City of Angels.
Bavel is a new Middle Eastern-inspired place owned by the guys from Bestia, an excellent Italian restaurant downtown. With a woodfired oven cooking fresh flatbread and a grill doing meats and vegetables, it’s seriously good and became a favourite on my last trip. The hummus was silky smooth and creamy, while the baba ganoush was super-fine and smoky with a pepper and walnut relish in the centre. Like all the dips, they were served with pita bread. The cucumber and artichoke salad was complex, crunchy and clean – excellent with the purple butter lettuce salad. Our sommelier recommended a Domaine Du Bagnol appellation Cassis to complement the starters – dry but with a honey finish.
NoMad is a wonderful new hotel that’s just opened in LA. The dining part is run by the boys from New York’s Eleven Madison Park so you expect a lot and it certainly delivers. It’s in a beautiful Art Deco building – downstairs is the lobby, reception and two bars, and the dining room, with its ornate gold and blue ceiling, is a mezzanine encircling the lobby. The service is stellar and the staff charming.
The fruit de mer platter was a masterclass in fresh local seafood – tuna with grated horseradish, sea urchin, slow-cooked abalone, scallop and crab and the salad of beets with radicchio and orange was well balanced. Both dishes were perfect with a powerful Puligny-Montrachet by Etienne Sauzet.