The last time we dined at celestially-comfy Cavatina, an uber trendy, ultra-romantic dining venue spread out on an inviting terrace at the posh Sunset Marquis Hotel we didn’t think the food could get any better than that. But the addition of a new creative, young chef Jonathan Kim took it a step higher. We had an opportunity to sampled the new fare on a chilly Los Angeles night warmed by strategically-placed heat lamps at a media tasting attending by a group of millennial food bloggers . Glasses of fine wine, Champagne and cocktails flowed as we each course was palate-pleasingly presented and heavenly tasting. The menu included:
Fennel puree, caviar
Nori oil, pickled apples, sesame powder, hijiki, radish
Piquillo puree, serrano chile relish, avocado mousse, masago, purple plum radish
Dragon fruit, tobiko, coconut soy
Warm Shrimp, Lobster and chorizo
Piquillo pepper, spicy aioli, pearl onion, crispy rice
Black Chick pea puree, olives, fresno chiles
Pork Belly Risotto
Kimchi, egg, crispy shallots, sweet chile
Slow-cooked ocean trout
Brussles sprouts, bacon, lemon emulsion
Prime dry aged New York Strip
Chestnut puree, purple cauliflower, truffle beurre monte, veal jus
Crème fraiche cheesecake
Hazelnut streusel, Dulce de leche, espresso coffee ice cream
Executive Chef Jonathan Kim as Executive Chef arrived at Cavatina with than 10 years under his toque that include a post as Executive Sous Chef at the restaurant. Prior to that he attended Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts in los Angeles before heading over to such top local spots as Water Grill, Providence and Ashan. He joins equally talented chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow, a James Beard Foundation winner of Best Chef in the Northeast, who developed the original concept for Cavatina, his first West Coast venture. Both chefs collaborate on the menus. “We are excited for Chef Kim to bring a fresh outlook to the culinary landscape of Los Angeles. His experience and unique approach to cuisine will lend itself to introducing new and inspired dishes to Cavatina,” said general manager, Rod Gruendyke. Chef Kim says that cooking for him is creative tool in that allows people to experience his passion and personality through food.
“Los Angeles is a melting pot of many cultures and flavors. My vision is to combine some of those flavors with my Korean American background into Cavatina’s menu.” Cavatina is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. For more information please For a peek at the new dinner menu here. The iconic Sunset Marquis is a Rock ‘n Roll throwback that attracts many music industry types, celebrities, locals and tourists from around the globe. It is located in West Hollywood on a hidden street just off Sunset Blvd. Cavatina is a standout of the hotel and debatably one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles.
By the way, Cavatina is a perfect place for a holiday lunch or dinner especially for couples. The service is exceptional, the terrace (and hotel) are all decked out for Christmas with seasonal songs playing in the background and well as mentioned earlier, the food is divine. Cavatina is located at 200 Alta Loma Rd. in WeHo. For reservations call 310.358-3759.