On the Menu: Two L.A. Hotels Feature New Tastes and Flavors

Avalon Beverly Hills introduces Italian cuisine; Simon LA adds Vietnamese

By: By Deanna Ting

Simon LA Restaurant // (c) 2009

Simon LA Restaurant // (c) 2009

Two Los Angeles hotels — Avalon Beverly Hills and the Sofitel Los Angeles — are debuting new menus this fall designed to pique guests’ palates.

At the Avalon Beverly Hills (www.avalonbeverlyhills.com), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, the boutique hotel has replaced its popular contemporary restaurant, Blue on Blue, with Oliverio, an Italian eatery now helmed by executive chef Mirko Paderno.
Paderno, a native of Milan, Italy, sought to infuse his heritage in his menu offerings which range from traditional fritto misto to an innovative cauliflower souffle. Paderno formerly worked at establishments of Los Angeles’ Italian dining scene such as Celestino Drago, Calif., Dolce and All’Angelo.

Simon LA (www.simonlarestaurant.com) restaurant at the Sofitel Los Angeles is offering a limited, weeklong menu of authentic Vietnamese cuisine created by the chef of the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, Vietnam. The special lunch and dinner menus, available Oct. 19-24, consist of prix-fixe, three-course meals that include Vietnamese specialties. They include a light seafood and mung bean sprout soup and beef cooked three different ways using techniques formerly applied to preparing tiger meat.

The lunch menu costs $22 per person, not including beverages, and the dinner menu costs $34 per person, not including beverages.