The W Hotel Hollywood and its much anticipated eateries are slated to open to the public next week. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, red carpets, maybe some film star mucky-mucks and even Mayor Villaraigosa himself - this is Hollywood after all, and nothing big opens without a bang. IDG has dotted its Is and the W has crossed its Ts and the place is abuzz with activity. Eater recently stopped by for a tour of the W's Living Room, but photography was banned. Suffice to say, the space is very Marilyn Monroe meets 1980s David Bowie - Old Hollywood, with modern and thoughtful twists. The news is all about Delphine then, with just a single sneaky photo to whet appetites. Delphine is indeed the European Rivera - Mediterranean comfort food destination IDG has promised.
White subway tiles, like those found in Metros throughout France, along with silvered shelving, wicker chairs, pale blues, and a marble bar accent the space. Black and white photography of coastal towns in the South of France erase recent memories of the traffic on Vine. Fans turn slowly, aerating the space so to create the feel that one is outside on a patio overlooking waves. Nooks and round booths plus homey accents add to the home away from home feel. Set to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner right off the bat and expecting to add weekend brunch and late night (even until 3am!), chef Sasha Lyon has his work cut out for him.
Delphine's menu is set apart from the city's other French bistros because it looks to offer something for everyone. The main dinner menu features Spinach Lasagna Bolognese ($18), and Risotto Milanese with Braised Veal ($21) along with plenty of raw bar plateaus to choose from. For lunch, Croque Monsieur ou Madame ($12), Niçoise Salad ($17), and Ricotta Agnolotti ($15) are on offer. There was talk of a Delphine Burger...There will be daily "chalkboard" specials as well. IDG partner Lee Maen and Operations Director Brent Berkowitz are excited about Delphine's extensive wine list and bar menu. There are 50 wines priced under $50. Wine can be ordered by the glass, by the carafe, or by the bottle. Cocktails are a focus of Delphine's bar, with bar directors from other IDG properties weighing in with ideas like a cocktail of muddled roasted red bell pepper and walnut liquor meant to evoke a romesco sauce. IDG also plans to serve their Strawberry-Pepper-Balsamic cocktail at Delphine since its such a hit at Boa. Want to make a reservation? Although the ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday January 29, the hotel and restaurant will be open the day before. Delphine's reservation line opens this coming Monday and the number to call is 323-798-1355.
The W property consists of a hotel, apartments, as well as residences. All of its guests can order room service directly from Delphine's menu or from a W- curated room service menu featuring some of the W's signature dishes. The Delphine kitchens will also provide food for the two other eateries in the W's space: The Living Room and The Station. Both of these spaces are lounge-like, and have their own amenities, including bars and cocktail menus separate from Delphine.
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— Daniela Galarza