Reminiscent of the open air restaurants of St.Tropez, France, the newly opened Rose Restaurant at 861 N. LaCienga, West Hollywood, CA, is a passport to culinary enjoyment. The soft sounds of French music filled the air capturing the essence of the French Riviera lifestyle. We were welcomed by general manager, Christopher Vialette.
Manhattan-based partners David Kay and Kamran Pahlavi were inspired by the joie de vivre of 1960s St. Tropez that debuts its first location. Rosé offers a stunning indoor-outdoor setting, and seasonally-inspired cuisine by Chef Julien AuClair.
The specially made rosé wine decorates the walls of the charming space.
Only last week did this new flavor of France open for Saturday and Sunday brunch. The bunch meal is served all day from 12:30 to 6:30 pm and is not a buffet but ala carte. There is a great variety of foods accommodating almost every taste - including vegetarian. The Ah Tuna is a North African receipe,but not too spicy and the sea bass is popular as are the mussels.
Each table received Aqua Panna, natural spring water. I started with a Bardot's Spa, one of their signature cocktails, made with fresh cucumber, Bombay Sapphire gin and white cranberry, touched with bitters and fresh lime.
We continued with the Tomate Burrata - heirloom tomato, burrata cheese, and fresh basil served with extra virgin olive oil. We continued with Ouef Florentine - spinach, poached eggs, mushrooms and Hollandaise sauce accompanied by salad greens and fried potatoes. We also indulged in the Rose Burger - prime Angus beef with caramelized onions, Roquefort cheese, greens and truffled pommes frites.
Except to pay $60 plus for a three course meal, drinks non withstanding.
Their dinner hours being from 6:30 to midnight with the bar open til 2 am, is a vibrant late-night dining destination, featuring inspired cocktails by famed mixologist Alex Ott, will be orchestrated to the sounds of Max Chipchase and John Damez, capturing the true sound, taste and feel of the French Riviera. At 10:30 the DJ begins his magic and the place turns into a night club.
Special events include a charity event for breast cancer on Sunday, October 23 with 10% of proceeds going to the cause; a Halloween party and of course, the traditional holiday events for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.
The restaurant, which can seat 120, is open to private parties and events, as well.
My only comment was that the service was slow, and I was told that it's important to order your food all at once. Since everything is freshly prepared, it might take a few minutes in between courses if you do not decide what you want until later. Of course, the atmosphere makes is a perfect place to linger over coffee and have one of their delicious deserts. I had the Tropezienne - a brioche cake filled with a light cream and my partner had the Lemon Tart - a crusted biscuit with lemon meringue. Both were delicious.