The dark Hollywood den will always be a cherished archetype of LA restaurants, and the new Amour is here to fill the void left by the departure of Dominick’s in West Hollywood on Thursday, December 21. Founded by Thomas Fuks, a budding nightlife impresario who started the Members club and restaurant in Hollywood during the pandemic, Amour brings a lush European Old World design to the historic West Hollywood venue. Fuks first came to LA in 2016 to open the Grove branch of Ladurée after working in Switzerland and New York City.
Amour’s decor retains some of the brick-lined garden patio from the old Dominick’s days (and its brief successor Verlaine). Still, it replaces the interior from almost every angle with a Parisian salon-style design littered with vintage sconces, plush seating, and dim lighting. Like Members, Amour sports various experiences depending on one’s mood, from an energetic bar area to more formal banquettes with candles and white tablecloths. Further afield, private rooms offer more intimate dining experiences, while a library with rare books works as a laid-back postprandial lounge.
The finer dining menu takes a French Japanese approach with executive chef Dany Chavez-Bello (formerly of Spain’s El Bullí and New York City’s Bouley) and chef de cuisine Hendrix Vega. Expect chawanmushi topped with salmon roe, beef tartare with a quail egg, shrimp carpaccio, and whipped potatoes with caviar. A $150 tasting menu offers seven courses, including A5 Kobe wagyu with fresh wasabi and truffle potato puree, lobster ravioli, poulet au pot (chicken in a pot), and finished with either dessert or cheese. A full vegan-tasting menu features ratatouille, celery root carpaccio, and miso-marinated Japanese eggplant risotto. The a la carte dishes lean French bistro, like steak au poivre, sole meurière, and endive salad.
Thibaud Duccini, previously of Caviar Kaspia, Patina, and Wally’s, will serve as Amour’s general manager. The interior was designed with help from Fuks’ wife Abbie, who sourced vintage wood from France to adorn the space.
Amour is located at 8715 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood. Hours run 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday with eventual brunch plans and longer hours in the coming months.