Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 4/05/2012


Seder to Savor at STREET

Susan Feniger is offering a 2012 Seder on April 7, the second night of Passover. Dishes are served family-style beginning with a fava bean besara, and smoked fish and potato bimuelos. Traditional Matzo Ball soup and a warm Halloumi salad is followed by a choice of either Moroccan Lamb with jeweled rice and eggplant hummus or Moroccan Vegetable Tagine with Matzo crepes. To complete this holiday meal is a spiced apple cake with a honey and date crumble. The Seder meal is $55 per person. 742 N. Highland Ave. (323)203-0500.


Passover at Culina

Join family for a modern Italian Passover dinner priced at $49 per person. Enjoy a four-course meal that includes a selection of antipasti including grilled asparagus with a sunny side egg. Other items include chicken livers Italian style with crisp potatoes and chives and chicken broth with matzo-chicken meatballs. One of the secondi items is Petrale sole in tomato sauce with capers and olives. Finish with a chocolate budino with caramel sea salt and coconut macaroons. The dinner is offered at sundown from April 7 through April 10. 300 S. Doheny Dr. (310)860-4000.


Easter Brunch at Cecconi’s

Enjoy a trio of specials that include ricotta hotcakes, mustard and herb-roasted leg of lamb carved tableside on the restaurant’s meat trolley. For those craving eggs, the asparagus and black truffle benedict is an elegant holiday meal. Finish with a classic Easter Italian tart. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310)432-2000.


Four Seasons Easter Special

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is offering a festive brunch with dining stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on April 8. Some of the offerings include sushi and seafood, Asian Dim Sum, Mexican, Farmers’ Market specials, meat carvings, desserts and an egg station. There is a candy factory filled with chocolate eggs, cotton candy, and fresh fruit for dipping into the flowing chocolate fountain. Adults are $95 per person and $47 for children 5-12. 300 S. Doheny Dr. (310)860-4000.


Tres by Jose Andres

Easter brunch begins at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8 inside the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Tiganites pancakes with Greek yogurt and attiki honey and Greek Mayiritsa lamb soup with grape leaves and pearl onions are some of the specialty items offered. The brunch is $49 per person. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5551.


Easter Brunch at L’Ermitage

Enjoy bottomless Mimosas, Bellini’s or Bloody Marys with a special holiday menu. Start with English pea soup with bacon crostini and crème fraiche. Next, an asparagus and frisée salad with truffle vinaigrette goes nicely with a brioche Monte Cristo with jamon de Paris and maple syrup. Meat items include Thai grilled pork loin and Barolo braised short ribs with horseradish-scalloped potatoes. Raspberry tarts with chocolate mousse cakes finish the meal. Priced at $105 per person. 9291 Burton Way, (310)860-8660.


Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar

A popular three-course Spring brunch for $34.95 per person and children’s version for $16.95 will appeal to many families on Easter Sunday. Adults start off with a blood orange fizz with Stoli Vodka for $6.95. Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a Fleming’s wedge salad or fresh fruit medley. Next, select one of the brunch entrée items that include Filet Mignon Benedict and New Orleans-style French toast on rich brioche bread soaked in Grand Marnier-flavored cinnamon batter. Other items include a shrimp or Filet frittata and a Steakhouse filet mignon Cobb salad. Save room for the walnut turtle pie. 2301 Rosecrans Ave. (310)643-6911


Café Pinot

The elegant Spring Easter menu includes watercress soup with leeks, Yukon Gold potatoes and crème fraiche with brioche, French toast with quince compote and vanilla maple syrup. Dessert includes a chocolate egg and strawberry fields. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 700 W. Fifth St. (213)239-6500.


Spring Break at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

On Easter Sunday, Chef Manfred Lassahn will prepare a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can participate in an Easter egg hunt on the lawn and enjoy a special visit by the Easter Bunny. The buffet is $65 per adult; $35 for seniors 62 and older; $25 per child ages 5 to 12, excluding tax and gratuity.

Have your out-of-town guests stay one night at the Century Plaza and they will receive a $20 gas card, nightly happy hour at the Lobby Court & Patio, 15% off Equinox Spa treatments and a complimentary shopping and dining VIP discount card to Westfield Century City Mall through April 15, 2012. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, (310)551-3334 or (310)228-1234.


Progressive Dinner at Sotto

Chefs Steve Samson and Zaxh Pollack will prepare an Easter celebration dinner on Easter Sunday, April 8. The meal will focus on lamb, with dishes such as a grilled lamb leg with egg, lemon and artichokes, and lamb tongue served with fegola, salsa verde and olives. Wine Director Jeremy Parzen is featuring both classical winemakers from Southern Italy and natural winemakers of Northern California. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. 9575 W. Pico Blvd. (310)277-0210.


The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Enjoy a three-course Easter menu in The Belvedere with free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte champagne. The menu showcases cold smoked whitefish; duck rillettes with an apricot and walnut salad, Cornish game hen, roasted rack of lamb and grilled citrus-herb salmon. Guests are welcome to partake from the pastry buffet. Easter brunch begins at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; priced at $115 per person and $39 for children under 12, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 9882 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)975-2736.


Jazz Easter Brunch at Twist

Twist Restaurant inside the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa invites you and your family on Sun. April 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sit back and listen to the KJAZZ 88.1 FM Jazzy Sunday Champagne Brunch. Design the perfect omelet and feast on boiled crab legs, whole roasted King salmon and other buffet delights while listening to Vortex, a first class group of professional singers and musicians, led by Kim Foley. They will perform custom-blended gospel. Free flowing mimosas, champagne, food and jazz is $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for children ages 7 to 12. Easter brunch is complimentary for children under 7. 1755 N. Highland Ave. (323)491-1000.


City Tavern

During Easter weekend starting on Friday, April 6, enjoy deviled egg samplers with beer tasters for under $11. Select from curried cauliflower, white asparagus and caper berries deviled eggs. They go well with Devil’s Canyon Bier Brut. On Easter Sunday, the Deviled egg bar offers a variety of toppings for $5 for four eggs and $8 for six eggs. 9739 Culver Blvd. (310)838-9739.


Fig & Olive

A special three-course prix fixe Easter brunch is $40 and includes a choice of mimosa, Bloody Mary, Piscine or fresh orange juice served from noon to 3:30 p.m. Start with housemade brioche strawberry rhubarb French toast or a fig gorgonzola tart. Main courses include a truffle, mushroom and Fontina scramble; Provencal lamb or steak tartar. Pastry Chef Andrew LeStourgeon concludes the meal with handmade strawberry rhubarb macaroons. 8490 Melrose Pl. (310)360-9100.


Napa Valley Grille

Easter brunch features signature rustic dishes with ingredients from the Santa Monica and Westwood Farmer’s Market. There is also an omelet station and prime rib carving. Finish with peppermint brownies, stone fruit cobbler and Spring market fruit tarts. The buffet begins at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $49 for adults and $19 for children. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.


LA Market by Kerry Simon

A delectable four-course Easter prix fixe showcases the restaurant’s signature contemporary comfort cuisine. The menu is $52 per person and $26 for children under 12, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. Wine pairings are available with each course for $24. The holiday meal begins at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)765-8600.


Easter at the Montage Beverly Hills

From April 6 to April 8, younger Montage guests will enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny on the Beverly Canon gardens to decorate Easter bags and cookies. Egg hunts, creative face painting and super balloon creations by Paintbox will put smiles on your little one’s faces. On Sun. April 8, a Mad Hatter Tea Party will begin with mystery sweet treats and the Queen’s choice of teas for $55.25 per person. Next-door at Scarpetta a sumptuous holiday brunch awaits with two complimentary children’s Golden Easter Egg hunts. 225 N. Canon Dr. (310)860-7940.


Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

On April 12, over 75 prominent chefs and 250 acclaimed wineries with distinguished winemakers from around the world will invade Pebble Beach Resort. Highlights include a celebrity golf tournament, special lunches with top chefs and a tribute dinner to Thomas Keller. Explore the list of events at www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com.


Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

Enjoy a special egg hunt for guests at 2 p.m. and a festive Easter prix-fixe brunch beginning at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $120 per person. Some of the decadent items include old-fashioned ricotta-lemon blintzes with rhubarb and strawberry compote; sweet shrimp and Santa Barbara Uni; H.B.A. Benedict with poached organic eggs, Kurobutta ham steak, white cheddar biscuit and a maple-bacon hollandaise sauce. 701 Stone Cyn. Rd. (310)909-1644.


French Themed Easter Brunch

Easter Sunday indulge in Bruno’s Quiche, a savory tart filled with Gruyere and shallots at Comme Ca. The Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, ham and hollandaise is divine, as is the Croque Monsieur with toasted ham and Gruyere. A special Easter waffle includes fresh berries, Chantilly cream and berry jus for $11. 8479 Melrose Ave. (323)782-1104.


Dim Sum Easter

WP24 is celebrating a four-course family style Chinese Easter dinner. Pastry Chef Sally Camacho is giving guests a complimentary sweet treat as a departing gift. The dinner menu is offered at $70 per person and $22 for children under 12. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)743-8824.


Easter at STREET

Start Easter off with Thai deviled crab with asparagus salad and poached eggs, or chicken and waffles Scotch eggs. Susan Feniger is offering a Spring carrot soufflé with goat cheese, bacon and English peas and a Russian deli plate with horseradish spiked egg salad, baby beet salad, rye toast, salmon caviar and smoked fish. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 742 N. Highland Ave. (323)203-0500.


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