Few people were sad when Le Clafoutis on the glitzy stretch of Sunset Boulevard shuttered last year. In its place comes Avenue 31, the second outlet of a popular Monaco hotspot of the same name.
The luxe space is currently in soft open phase, serving a menu fitting of the area's clientele. Of course, there are the requisite small plates from chef Gustavo Chavez (Bice Group) that have come to so define LA dining culture, with sharable options like Hamachi crudo and Spanish octopus. Perhaps more interesting are the dishes with Mediterranean flair, like the Provençal specialty pissaladiere, a flatbread of caramelized onion and anchovy; faro risotto; and butter-poached lobster with gnocchi and corn pudding.
Manning that shiny marble bar is cocktail impresario Matthew Biancaniello, who has become known for creating some of the most exciting cocktails in town. Whispers about the upcoming bar menu set to launch Wednesday include such creations as alcohol-laced oysters and white balsamic negronis.
In addition to the bar, the back lounge area (check out those couches lined with men's suiting fabric) should be an ideal place for a late night meeting with a gorgeous perch that overlooks the rest of L.A., along with a see-and-be-seen patio that looks out to Sunset Blvd. Interior look comes via celebrity home-designers Julie Berchtold and Samantha Harris, who also did Charlize Theron's home.
Check out the full dinner menu below.
8630 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069