I love a good theme meal so imagine my giddiness when Chef Michael Hung revealed that all weekend their brunch menu would pay homage to Marilyn Monroe, the most famous resident of The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills where Viviane restaurant resides. Brunch specials include The Marlon Brando, a Nuoc Cham Marinated Pork Tenderloin with acorn squash braised in coconut and spice ($21); and The JFK, a Corned Shortrib Sandwich with savoy cabbage slaw, grain mustard aioli, and country bread ($18).
Evening diners will be treated to a three-course dinner ($72) with menu highlights such as a Caviar Amuse-Bouche; Pan Roasted Delta Sturgeon with sautéed Bloomsdale spinach, Meyer lemon potato fondue, and crayfish butter; and Rose Scented Pavlova with pomegranate crémeux, grapefruit marmalade, and toasted oats.
The Restaurant at Mr. C located inside the Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills will be serving a romantic, four-course dinner ($135 per person) created by Executive Chef Giuseppe Manco. Highlights include a complimentary “deconstructed” Bellini at arrival; live music performances; and a single stem rose or lily. Menu highlights include: Baked Béchamel Veal Ravioli alla Cipriani; and a Trio of Chocolate Semifreddo with vanilla sauce and raspberries.
Devotedness through Dining Out
Although a dinner out on Valentine’s day might not be the most inventive choice, it’s certainly a fan favorite. Here are some spots that promise an unforgettable evening.
Brentwood’s newest favorite steakhouse from Executive Chef Travis Strickland will be celebrating their first Valentine’s Day with a special four-course menu ($85 per person/additional wine pairing for $45) featuring menu highlights like Braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip-carrot puree, and horseradish cream; and the TCHO Chocolate Soufflé with bourbon chocolate sauce and Chantilly cream. In addition, guests can enjoy live music all weekend long while Champagne and caviar carts circle around you in the lounge and dining room.
Normally closed Sundays, this year Executive Chef Brandon Kida will be opening the nest for all the lovebirds out there with a Valentine’s Day dinner from 5pm to 9pm. Dinner highlights will include Beef Tartare with pickled jalapeno and parmesan ($15); Kabocha Squash Toast with burrata cheese and butterscotch miso ($14); and Hinoki Scented Black Cod with dashi and shishito ($28) . In addition guests will be leaving with a surprise complimentary to-go treat to enjoy.
Diners will be treated to a three-course menu ($72) that all kicks off with a “Welcome Toast” of Blood Orange and Ginger Spritzer. Menu highlights include a 5-Spiced Duck Terrine with rose water, beet mostarda and warm oatmeal bread; Maine Lobster Risotto with buttered leeks, marinated mussels and crispy shallot; and Sticky Toffee Pudding with black date cake, rye whiskey toffee sauce, apples and fermented caraway ice cream.
The newest restaurant venture from Executive Chef Dakota Weiss is celebrating its first Valentine’s Day with a tremendous partnership with LXV Wine. Guests will be treated to a four-course dinner ($65) with an optional wine pairing ($35). I should mention that the LXV’s wines are inspired by the 64 arts of the Kamasutra…so a wine pairing on this evening is most encouraged 🙂 Menu highlights include Foie Gras & Truffle Mozzarella Toast with charred shishito pepper, sunchokes and haystack potatoes; and Cinnamon Sticky Toffee Pudding with ginger-orange gelato & pecan praline.
The Sweetest Thing Comes in a Box
Not looking to leave your house this Valentine’s Day? Then consider these options for some love to go.
Bring home some classics like Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (Box of 6 for $10.50) or Shortbread Cookies with your own personalized sayings (Traditional $2.50/each, Personalized $2.75/each). But act fast, all catering orders must be placed 48 hours in advance by calling 310-451-2311!
Whether you’re buying for her or him, Valerie’s Confections has you covered with gifts for Homme & Elle.TheGrand Homme Assortment(19 pieces, $46) features Black Pepper Truffles, Scotch Truffles, and Caramel Hearts while the Pour Elle Gift Set ($70) is filled with Sweet Sencha Hearts and Rose Petal Passionfruit Truffles; delicate Sugar Cookies; the Good Mix Bar; and Earl Grey Tea. Gifts can be picked up at any of the three locations (Silverlake, Echo Park, Grand Central Market), or can be ordered online.