Ardor in West Hollywood
Hotelier Ian Schrager’s new Edition in West Hollywood is a pure looker, with incredible hillside views of Los Angeles and a ritzy design scheme. Inside, chef John Fraser will helm Ardor restaurant on the hotel’s main level with a mostly seasonal California menu. Like lots of hotel restaurants in Sunset Strip (like Chris Crary’s 1 Hotel), the menus always kind of reflect this produce-heavy direction that appeals to travelers who expect those dishes when they come to LA. Ardor should open some time in the middle of November.
Fraser comes from a line of Michelin-starred restaurants including Nix in NYC’s West Village and Dovetail. Fraser also oversees the food and beverages at Schrager’s Edition hotel in Times Square and The Loyal on Bleeker Street. Ardor will be Fraser’s first foray into Los Angeles.
In other news around Los Angeles:
—Have you tried the incredibly spicy cold fried chicken leg at Fuku in Santa Monica? It’s up there with the spiciest chicken in LA, and Insider has a video into the secret menu item.
—In this beautifully shot LA Times video, Inn Ann chef Mori Onodera shows his incredible craftsmanship with sushi, ceramics, and even rice growing.
—Musso & Frank gets a big feature in LAist on the weird and wild dishes of the 100-year-old Hollywood restaurant’s menu, including the jellied consomme, sand dabs, and sauerbraten.
—Iconic Sunset Strip venues The Roxy and Rainbow Room have received landmark status, preserving the buildings for future generations, according to Curbed LA.
—LA Magazine asks, who actually goes to Capital One cafe? The bank branch-cum-coffee shops have three locations in the area, from Downtown to Glendale to Santa Monica.