The Famed Michelin Guide Adds a Side of Clout to Favorite West Hollywood Eateries
In its first dedicated California publication in a decade, the prestigious Michelin Guide recognizes a dozen West Hollywood eateries for culinary excellence
Any visit to West Hollywood has always been a treat for the palate, and several of the city’s diverse restaurants just got some well-deserved acclaim to underscore this point. In its first dedicated California publication in a decade, the prestigious Michelin Guide recognizes a dozen West Hollywood eateries for culinary excellence of varying kinds, beginning with two very coveted stars for Sushi Ginza Onodera. Calling out the restaurant’s “exemplary quality,” “resplendent Japanese elegance” and “delirious array of courses,” the expert reviewers raved about the spot from décor to dessert.
Statewide, 657 restaurants were highlighted in the 2019 Michelin Guide California, which designates different accolades at varying levels of acclaim. To put that total number into perspective, that’s 657 restaurants throughout California – an elite selection, considering that Greater Los Angeles alone reports to have somewhere between 26,000 and 27,000 restaurants in its borders. So, it’s a big deal to be featured at any level, indicating that a restaurant merits distinction for quality food and overall dining experience.
Those rounding out this esteemed list include the following eateries, with snippets of “Michelin Guide’s Point of View”:
Michelin Bib Gourmand – These restaurants have all the charm and high-quality ingredients of starred spots, without the five-star bill. Dine at these places for a fantastic meal of two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. TIP: Look for the Michelin Man.
Aburiya Raku: Authentic Japanese fare served in a “zen-like dining room” with the option to sit by the open kitchen and watch the grill masters at work. Alongside an impressive sake menu, must-try items include the signature robata skewers and Michelin’s recommended Kurobuta pork cheeks and pork ribs brushed with teriyaki sauce.
Eveleigh: A “delightfully bright and airy restaurant” nestled into a rustic setting, this easy-breezy spot offers al fresco dining with a retractable roof and fresh farm-to-table fare. Michelin experts recommend the crushed peas with burrata and spaghettini with hearty chunks of Dungeness crab.
Rosaliné: Sporting a cozy atmosphere adorned with upbeat Latin music, this is the spot for traditional Peruvian cuisine served with heart. The centrally-located kitchen offers Michelin recommendations like lomo saltado and adobo pork osso bucco, plus an array of seafood.
Michelin Plate – A high-caliber “honorable mention,” meaning that the spot is included in the guide for its quality cuisine and as such, considered recommended by Michelin experts.
Connie & Ted’s: Eclectic East- and West-Coast vibes mix here, where the “funky interior and seafaring knickknacks” pay homage to Chef Michael Cimarusti’s New England roots. On the must-try list: the lobster roll, trio of chowders and chilled seafood platters… topped off by saltwater taffy.
Gracias Madre: “Plant-based darling,” “airy and beguiling” and “astoundingly delicious” pepper the Guide’s review of this vegan Melrose Mexican spot. On the menu of local market-inspired specialties, don’t miss the coconut ceviche, shredded jackfruit, housemade chips and menu of 60 tequilas and 70 mezcals.
Katana: Look beyond the glam of the celebrity-preferred hot spot boasting the most sought-after tables on the Sunset Strip to the menu of shiro maguro, smoke-infused meat skewers, and raw Hamachi topped with “copious amounts of sautéed red and green chilies.”
Lucques: The ambiance at this Mediterranean gem takes diners to a cozy Napa cottage, while the menu, created by the “graceful hand of Chef Suzanne Goin” begins an adventure in specialties like market lettuce with roasted beets, more mushroom lasagna and soft egg with creamy burrata.
Night + Market: The cuisine here is as vibrant and tantalizing as the colorful and beaded décor, featuring Thai specialties classic and creative. Explore the culinary spice route with gaeng hanglay, larb gai and “house delight” pad see ew.
Norah: The restaurant is self-described as eclectic, but Michelin hails its ethereal and pretty setting with delicious food. Belly up to the two-sided marble bar for hand-crafted cocktails, then indulge in cornbread with rosemary butter, cauliflower tartare and butter-poached shrimp with smoked tomato.
Tesse: “An impressive lineup of terrines, rilletttes and artisanal sausages” are the namesake stars of the menu at this stylish French restaurant. Serving up the very best farmers’ market finds of the day, curated by masterful chefs, the spot serves up favorites like blue crab simplisseime, fire-roasted bone marrow and duck prosciutto and shallots.
Tower Bar & Restaurant: Posh meats cozy in this Old-Hollywood inspired space, “an art deco relic of the Great Depression.” The maître‘d can make or break the seating experience, but the dining experience is reliably delectable, including a succulent pork chop, throw-back deviled eggs and crudité, and baked Alaska.
The 2019 Michelin Guide California is now available to order or view online, while West Hollywood’s premier restaurants continue to dazzle foodies day into night.