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LA: a fab dinner at the Sunset Marquis

If you’re looking for a fabulous dinner in Los Angeles with a dose of celebrity watching, head to West Hollywood’s Sunset Marquis hidden on leafy Alta Loma Road, just a stone’s throw from Sunset Strip, to Cavatina Restaurant.

Sunset Marquis West Hollywood


I know that celebs call the Sunset Marquis a home away from home, and not just because their website says so, but because I was kept waiting by one for my mani/pedi earlier in the afternoon. I didn’t mind when I found out who it was: only Matthew McConaughey’s wife! She was apparently heading out to a do with the children, so I figured Matthew would most likely be at the veranda restaurant with us later. He wasn’t. But the chef’s treat of walking my husband and I through some of his best dishes more than made up for my heart break.

When you arrive at the hotel you should take a moment to check out the Morrison Hotel Gallery in the lobby. It’s a photography exhibition to celebrate not just the rock stars over the decades, but the photographers too and is co-owned by Timothy White, one of the most sought-after celebrity portrait photographers in the field for over twenty years.

We walked past the pool, turned left and slowed down to look at more photographs and art pieces before crossing the little footbridge to Cavatina Restaurant with its wide veranda dropping over the water garden.

Bacon popcorn

Wine paired bacon popcorn!

Before the maitre D had a chance to tell me that chef wanted to showcase some of his best dishes, I had spotted bacon bourbon salted caramel popcorn on the menu so ordered a bowl quick smart. When the sommelier came over to tell us about his job of wine matching our dishes for the evening he was sent into a spin: how to pair said popcorn, he mumbled, before heading off and returning with a big red wine to start our evening as we meant to go on!

Get ready to drool…

(Note: apologies for the quality of these pics, it was very low lit in the restaurant and I never use flash. I have pimped them in Photoshop to make them as pretty as I can)

Then we started at the very beginning…

Sunset Marquis dinner

Kampachi with Asian pear, citrus and cucumber

Sunset Marquis appetizer

Dungeness crab with sweetcorn, creme fraiche, lime and arugula

Sunset Marquis Cavatina

Ahi tuna, avocado, red jalapeno, lemon and crispy rice crackers

Sunset Marquis Cavatina restaurant

Grilled Spanish octopus, black chickpea puree, chilies, olives, parsley

Sunset Marquis dinner

Fried farm egg with Basque Piperade (beans) and grilled sour dough

Sunset Marquis dinner

Braised pork belly with persimmon, citrus, endive and pomegranate

Sunset Marquis restaurant

Prime rib eye fillet, sweet potato and carrot puree

Sunset Marquis

Crispy Brussel sprouts with bacon, jalapeno, Queso Fresco and limes

Sunset Marquis WeHo

And don’t you just love the idea of dessert as small plates for sharing?!


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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!