Hotel Bel-Air just got swankier...and more star-studded. After two years of rennovation, the property reopened last Friday with some fresh additions, namely a new restaurant from uber-chef Wolfgang Puck. While Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is currently open to hotel guests only - the public will have to wait until November 1 - Eater got a sneak peek at LA Food & Wine's shmancy Sunday brunch.
Like Puck's cooking, the restaurant combines a Californian aesthetic with Mediterranean accents - think votives, iron gates, natural colors, wood, marble - and lots of outdoor terrace seating with huge, plush semi-covered banquets overlooking a garden. While you get the sense you're in someone's (albeit a very fabulous someone) home, there's nothing ordinary about the David Rockwell-designed space. The main dining room is all ritz, from the marble fireplace to the 14-seat private dining room in the back. It's power lunch meets old Hollywood.
The final Cali-Mediterrean menu hasn't been released, but we're guessing it'll be signature Puck. Who else could make a smoked salmon and caviar pizza work? During brunch guests were treated to Krug and caviar before a formal seated affair which included Yellowtail Tartare with Caviar, Twice-Baked Upside-Down Cheese Souffle, Penne al Ragu de Crostacei, Wagyu New York Sirloin with "onsen" egg, and Poached Pink Lady Apples with toasted almond moelleux and poire williams sorbet.
Once open, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and Sunday brunch.
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