Saturday, May 26, 2012
We sat outside, which is a great spot for people watching. Lots of famous faces at the restaurant - directors, executives. And an amazing array of fabulous 'Beverly Hillsers', not to mention the dogs!
The only trouble with coming back here is I always order the same dishes. What can I say? They are both just exceptional and I have never had anything like them.
To start, the Spelt, Langostine, Cannellini, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes & Lemon Insalate. There are also fine slices of Basil and the combination is just wonderful, especially with the warm Langostine, so light and tender.
Friday, May 25, 2012
No detail has been overlooked. More than three years in the making, Bottega Louie is 10,000 square feet, has 20-foot ceilings, more than 2,000 feet of brass millwork, marble-tiled floors, custom deli cases and tables, and about 200 employees. The kitchen handles 600 recipes for the Italian menu and the pre-prepared dishes to go for the market. The bakers turn out 800 pastries a day; stacks of pastel boxes tied with silk ribbon decorate the windows along Grand Avenue.
There's a full bar, a counter devoted to 20 kinds of breads, a brick oven churning out pizzas and a carving station. Three hostesses armed with a laminated map of the tables and stationed at a gilt Baroque-style, curve-legged console in the middle of the restaurant, greet and seat patrons."
The sad thing is that the week before Bottega Louie opened on 6th April, the company that developed the 11 stories of loft-style condos above it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and the building faces foreclosure. This apparently won't affect Bottega Louie.
We only wanted a glass of wine, but loved the way they served it in a mini carafe.
Lovely bright airy room, efficient service, good food. And I gotta say one great thing about America is - the Valet Parking!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
You enter this amazing hallway, with Cleo restaurant on the right and the lifts to the left. People everywhere and extremely loud music. The whole place was jumping.
Artichoke, Nicoise Olives from the Wood Burning Oven. Really fabulous.
Overall a great experience. Food great, service excellent, good and reasonably priced wine list (most wines $40 - $50) - recommend a visit.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The first Mr Chow was opened by Michael Chow in London in 1968 serving authentic Beijing cuisine. Mr Chow opened at the Beverly Hills location in 1974, followed by two in New York, one in Miami and one in Las Vegas. Michael collaborates with his wife and partner Eva. Award winning Executive Chef Eddie Wong has been overseeing the restaurants for over 30 years.
The last time we were here was just after it opened - a bloody long time ago!
We were lucky enough to be served by a wonderful character who had been at the restaurant since it opened 38 years ago.