It is only fitting that the Sunset Marquis Hotel-famous for its relationship with the music industry-would have a little aria of a restaurant called Cavatina.
Although it’s only in pre-previews until January, I can tell you this re-vamping of the hotel restaurant is going to make for an epic 2014. James Beard award winning Chef Michael Schlow offers a menu made for full sit-down dinners with the family and snacks after late night recording sessions.
Here is a glance of my favorites. Mind you there are many!!
SNACKS: This portion of the menu can best be described as an un-traditional take on comfort foods
Homemade Potato Chips with Green Chile-Green Onion Dip
Deviled Eggs with Crispy Guanciale Bits
Marcona Almonds with Smoked Paprika
Jalapeno Tater Tots with Smoky Bearnaise
CRUDO: Possibly the best raw I’ve had outside a sushi restaurant
Yellow Tail with Santa Barbara Uni and Caviar–I might be the uni-ly person who does not like uni, but it’s worth it for the yellow tail and caviar
Steelhead Trout with Fennel, Grapefruit, and Mint
Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Lobster and Caviar–A lobster and desert hybrid??? Yes it’s possible!
SMALL PLATES: Featuring the trendiest foods of 2013, but done in an unexpected way
Grilled Octopus with Black Chick Pea Puree and Spicy Olive Salad
Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Walnuts, pickled jalapeno, and bacon
Beef Tongue with Lentils, Rosemary, and Salsa Verde –Although this tasted a little bit like spam, I still ate two pieces 🙂
LARGE PLATES: If you made it this far into the menu…you must be hungry!
Prime Sirloin with burnt herbs–grilled and salted to perfection
Marquis Burger with Cheddar, Crispy Onions, and Horseradish Sauce-This is not pictured because it was eaten too quickly…sooooo good. Grab one of these and a martini and you’re good to go!
Desert: Since at this point it would be impossible to fit anything else, desert is in liquid form
Chocolate Malt Shake