By Jill Weinlein, 7/29/2010
Celebrations and Prix Fixe Specials
Raw Bar Mondays
Every Monday starting at 5 p.m., Delphine Eatery & Bar at the W Hollywood Hotel is offering some of the finest seafood, shellfish and raw bar items from fish markets around the world. Executive Chef Sascha Lyon showcases a new raw bar menu that includes New Zealand mussels, Little Neck clams on the half shell, top neck clams on the half shell, east coast oysters on the half shell, and chilled shrimp, all for only $1 each. Beer battered cod fish ($3) and lobster rolls ($8) can be enjoyed with a special wine by-the-glass ($5). 6250 Hollywood Blvd. (323)798-1355.
Intimate Winemaker Event
Opus One produces some of the most highly acclaimed wines in Napa Valley. Master Winemaker Michael Silacci will pair six vintage wines with Chef Andreas Nieto’s tantalizing six-course dinner at the Westin Bonaventure. On July 31, the intimate event starts at 6:30pm with a welcome reception and dinner begins at 7pm. RSVP to Claudia Lambaren firstname.lastname@example.org at the Westin Bonaventure. 404 S. Figueroa Street.
National Cheesecake Day
Celebrate National Cheesecake Day, July 30 at the Cheesecake Factory by tasting a brand new flavor – Reese’s Peanut Butter chocolate cake cheesecake. Dine-in guests can order any slice of cheesecake at half-off the regular price. With the sale of every slice of Reese’s Peanut Butter chocolate cake cheesecake, the Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. 189 The Grove Drive, (323)634-0511 and 364 North Beverly Drive, (310)278-7270 are the closest locations.
Caviar Tasting for Two
On the first Monday of the month, Petrossian restaurant presents an informative French-infused prix fixe dinner. On August 2 at 7:30pm, Chef Benjamin Bailly presents diners with an array of caviar dishes, beginning with a 12 gram caviar tasting presentation. Start with classic, royal, and Tsar imperial Transmontanus caviar. Next is a three-course dinner incorporating seasonal California ingredients such as a stuffed potato with smoked salmon and pressed caviar and green bean salad with burrata, caviar and lemon. The “Caviar Tastings for Two” is $100 per person. For reservations call (310)271-6300, 321 N. Robertson Blvd.
The Bridge at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel now features bottomless sangria for only $7. Sip the sweet red wine and fruity libation with seasonal Farmer’s market dishes. Open daily from 5:30-10pm. Bridge diners are granted access into the popular Tropicana. 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (323)769-8888.
Treat yourself this summer with a drive down to Dana Point to experience Executive Chef Michael Mina’s (Bon Appetit “Chef of the Year” 2005) new contemporary tavern menu at Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monach Beach. Nightly happy hour from 5-7 p.m. includes half-off specialty cocktails, snacks and finger foods, such as cheese fondue, local fish and chips, lobster fritters and BBQ pulled pork sliders. A Farmers’ Market prix-fixe, six-course menu is offered for $75 per person, for guests who want to experience the best of the local, seasonal, and sustainably grown ingredients. Prime steaks range from $39-$65, each includes Yukon gold potatoes, creamed spinach and wild mushroom Marsala jus. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, (949)234-3318.
M Café’s New Summer Menu
Macrobiotic fare is becoming more popular this summer as M Café whips up some of the most exotic contemporary dishes in Los Angeles. Without using refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry, Consulting Chef Lee Gross (personal chef to many stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow) creates a healthy South Indian chickpea “chaat” with crunchy cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, and diced potato combined with chickpeas in South Indian spices, creamy house-made soy yogurt and a tangy Tamarind sauce. The zucchini noodle salad with basil-almond pesto and organic shrimp brochette with summer melon salsa are some of the other new dining delights. M Café has three locations. They offer to-go and delivery service: 9343 Culver Blvd. Culver City, (310)838-4300. 7119 Melrose Ave, (323)525-0588, and 9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, (310)858-8459.
The New Menu at Lucky Devils
New artisanal burgers, char-grilled pizzas, beer-infused dishes and house-smoked bbq priced under $10. Barbecue lovers will enjoy Lucky Devils Monday-Thursday value specials, including a Kobe beef Lucky burger with white cheddar, red onion, lettuce and a secret sauce on a soft brioche bun for $10 every Tuesday. Lucky Devil uses grass-fed American Wagyu beef from Snake River Farms in Idaho, humanely raised, grass-fed beef from tall grass. 6613 Hollywood Blvd. (323)465-8259.
Bistro Gardens Summer Menu
Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and 50 percent off wine by the glass, beer or cocktails and complimentary happy hour hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. on Monday-Friday at The Bistro Garden. Stay to experience the summer prix fixe dinner served Sunday – Thursday starting at 5:30pm. For $42 per person choose French onion soup or Friseé and Arugula salad with tomatoes, crumbled bacon and house vinaigrette. Next, choose from three different entrees, like sautéed sand dabs, pork medallions, wrapped in maplewood smoked baon, or a sliced Bistro steak with cognac, peppercorns, and shallots. For dessert a chocolate soufflé with fresh whipped cream with coffee or tea. 12950 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, (818)501-0202.