I refrained from reporting after attending the opening gala (for over 1000) last week for the new Hotel Angeleno in Brentwood (where Sunset meets the 405Fwy) since it was clear that they had many details to work out yet. However, I haven't seen any comments on this new space yet, so I thought I should mention that it's out there.
In the old round "Holiday Inn" property, the new Hotel Angeleno has completely revamped the space. Shooting to attract the 20-something "entertainment" crowd, the Angeleno has a very "W" like lobby with techno music booming. Take the elevator to the top 17th floor to WEST, the bar/restaurant for the hotel billed as the first "Italian Steakhouse" in LA (I wonder what Mr. Drago thinks of this?). Really, there isn't a better view on the westside, with sweeping sights of the 405, the ocean, downtown...perfect to enjoy a glass of wine and some hors d'oeuvres. The bar is great for this: "tapas" plates for $5 each and a nice wine menu by the glass. I had the "cortina" or small carafe of Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir for $12 and it was delicious.
We decided to stay for dinner tonight. Apparently this is the first night opened to the paying public, though they are still working out the kinks. We chose a very nice steamed mussels with garlic dish (delicious) and carpaccio with artichoke hearts "salad" (this was just a few artichokle leaves centered on a plate of seared beef petals). After we finished the busboy insisted on clearing our bread plates, silverware until we convinced him that we had ordered a main course. He came by twice again to attempt to clear these same plates. The restaurant was over half empty yet it took almost an hour to produce our main course (lamb racks and rib eye steak). My friend ordered her lamb medium and was mistified when it was served almost beyond rare. She had to send it back. My rib eye was tasty (or we just starving at that point?) so we shared that to start. Our side of asparagus had (count them) 6 tiny points (half the spear) served on a bread plate (!) so we figured they were $1 each! The lamb was delicious, served with the chef's "grandmother's" mint sauce. The chef (an American from NYC) didn't make any appearance in the dining room tonight.
Dinner was almost $120 before tip. We skipped dessert because of the delay in service the babysitter was already calling to find out when we'd return home!
Let's hope they get their act together but in the meantime, stop in an have a drink and appetizer at the bar and enjoy the glorious view of LA!
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