06 Nov Viviane Restaurant, Beverly Hills
The newest restaurant addition to Beverly Hills is Viviane Restaurant, located in the Avalon Hotel on Olympic Boulevard at Beverly Drive.
The Avalon Hotel looks like a stylishly converted motel with all of the rooms overlooking the pool in the center. The decor of the hotel is mid-century with subtle colors and furniture with a 1950s and 1960s aesthetic. The bright blue from the pool is what glows throughout the space, whether you sit inside or outside. But, I suggest getting a seat outside by the pool. Whether at a table, or in a colorful cabana, it is peaceful, not too loud and, as it is Los Angeles, perfect to take advantage of being able to eat outside year round.
Viviane Restaurant is by restaurateur Stephane Bombet of Bombet Hospitality Group and Executive Chef Michael Hung, formerly of Faith and Flower in downtown LA. No more fighting the traffic to get to downtown LA to taste the food of Chef Hung!
Viviane serves American and European cuisine with a California twist, featuring seasonal and local offerings which will change regularly. Favorites from the new menu included the following:
Hand-Ground Steak Tartare, Roasted Mushroom Conserve, Egg Yolk, Caperberries
Rainbow Beet & Apple Salad, Horseradish Creme Fraiche, Dill, Pumpernickel Crisps
Foie Gras au Torchon, Candied Butternut Squash, Cider Gelee, Walnuts
Shellfish Boudin Blanc, Maine Lobster, Scallops, Gulf Shrimp and Sauce Americaine
Grilled 12oz Piedmontese Ribeye Steak, Bone Marrow Gremolata, Greamy Potato Puree
Smoked Potato Puree, Creme Fraiche & Chives
Viviane offers cocktails created by Ryan Wainwright and I will have to return to enjoy them on my next visit. On my first visit to Viviane, I focused on the wine list. Wine Director Francois Renaud and General Manager Emmanuel Faure have put together an expansive list of primarily French wines, with a few wines from Santa Barbara and Germany.