As residents of the City of Angels, the land of entertainment and all things 'Hollywood,' we know that all classics eventually make a comeback! What was surprising to learn was that this rule doesn't only apply to movies, television, music and entertainment, but is also apparently applicable to fine dining. Only in L.A.!
Le Dome first opened in the late 70's and boasted patrons including Michael Ovitz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Richard Gere. Many deals were signed there, and the affluent were used to having their own specially selected tables in the establishment. Well, over the course of the 90's, Le Dome began to lose it's luster, and rather than sit back and wither and slowly die off like so many things in this town, management decided to close down much earlier this year for a multi-million-dollar facelift.
Well, Le Dome is back, and I had the honor to be among the first to experience the magnificent work that has gone into this place over the past 10 months, and let me tell you it was all well worth the wait. Not only has the beautiful and comfortable Neo-Tuscan garden villa ambience been preserved with an upgraded fireplace dining room and staple circle-bar, but the quality of the food has been upped a notch as well.
The new Le Dome has brought in famed master chef and Paris' Le Cordon Bleu culinary school alumni Sam Marvin,
For dessert we were served a larger-than-what-I'm-used-to 'harlequin soufflé,' flavored with a homemade chantilly cr'me and sauce grand marnier. This, mixed with the 3 fresh raspberry mojitos, a cherry martini fitted with a chocolate covered cherry, and the remarkable service, made for a wonderful visit that will guarantee me a return trip. Le Dome is back, truly 'Le Mode', better than ever, and needless to say, I'm all over it!