Foodies from LA to Las Vegas are regaled by the culinary concepts of Chef Gordon Ramsay. And now there’s even more to cheer about. The super star chef has added small, sharing plates, and a more casual approach at his popular, celebrity-packed West Hollywood haunt at the London Hotel.
Embracing an exciting new direction that better resonates with L.A.’s relaxed, communal dining scene and the Southern California lifestyle, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood recently unveiled a menu exclusively focused on shared small plates and your LA Travel Diva Examiner was en scene the event (along with Richard and our friend Glenn).
It was a hosted eating orgy where we worked our way through nearly the entire delectable menu passing around plates of appetizers, entrees, side dishes and desserts until we almost popped. It was all good (check out the slideshow for evidence).
The menu was actually created by Chef Anthony Keene who remains dedicated to contemporary Western European cuisine with subtle Asian influences, reinterpreting the award-winning recipes of Gordon Ramsay with the same commitment to quality and presentation. It is a fine complement to the à la carte menu served with a less formal approach to service, redesigned uniforms and a more upbeat social atmosphere.
We started our bacchanal with a Caesar salad, steak tartare, beet salad and polenta. Then we moved to main courses of a delicate hamachi tataki done with pink grapefruit, fried shallots, avocado and parsley. And we didn’t stop there, next came blackened California halibut with tortilla, avocado and Cojita chees that excited the taste buds no ends. From there it was Pacific cod, pork belly, rib steak, duck dish, New York steak and the piece de resistance a Main lobster poached in butter that made you swoon.
Naturally a meal like this called for a fine bottle of wine, which was a real eye opener. The list here starts at $50 and soars. We opted for a Sterling Chardonnay which was the lowest price on the wine list and quite good save for the major markup. (Drinks weren’t included in the hosted event).
Prices are more reasonable for the sharing plates with starters running $9 to $15, seafood plates going for $11 to $23 and carnivore delights ranging from $14 to $24. For heartier appetites, large plates of New York steak, duck or chicken dishes range from $24 to $45 while that Main lobster tops the list at $80.
You really should start your evening with a drink a beautiful bar which is manned by a friendly, skillful team of mixologists. You can even opt for lighter fare by ordering from redesigned bar menu. A selection of noshes range from $11to $18 and includes char-grilled burger with Grafton cheddar and red onion jam; pork belly sliders w/quail egg; crispy chicken dumplings with hoisin, pickled cucumbers and sriracha; steak tartare w/steak fries and fresh horseradish; fish & chips w/tartar sauce and English pea puree; and steamed mussels and frites.
There’s also a selection of pizzettes for $12 to $15), including margherita w/mozzarella, tomato and basil; and manila clams w/garlic, bacon and pecorino, the bar menu also offers sushi ($12-18) such as crispy rock shrimp tempura w/sweet chili; spicy tuna roll w/cucumber; and shrimp tempura roll w/pickled ginger. A charcuterie platter for two ($21) features cured meats w/mustard and grilled bread.
Gordon Ramsay’s sharing menu is ideal for the holiday season when we spent more time socializing with friends and family. It definitely brings you closer. The place opens daily for dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. It is located at The London West Hollywood, 1020 North San Vicente Blvd., W. Hollywood. For reservations call 310-358-7788 or visit www.thelondonwesthollywood.com.