Is it a jungle or a restaurant? You can be forgiven for asking the question, given that the Ardor, in The West Hollywood EDITION Hotel, is covered in green foliage, creating a lovely, intimate ambiance. The lighting is flattering and the music purrs along in the background so you can enjoy your conversation. And the service is top-notch. No surprise when you know that Ian Schrager (yes, Studio 54) is the mastermind behind the hotel and has overseen every last detail.
But what brought us here is the launch of brunch, by Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser (foodies know him from his New York places, which include the much-lauded NIX.)
Chef Fraser has a way with veggies and they’ll be the best you’ve ever tasted. Take the ‘Green Beauty’ juice made with Kale, Cucumber, Parsley, Lime, Jalapeño, Granny Smith Apple, which seems made for L.A. $12.
The healthy menu also has brunch favorites, such as the classic eggs benedict along with ‘Lite’ offerings such as the Tofu Scramble with Maitake Mushrooms, Carrot Top Pesto, Togarashi and Edamame for $16.
All the ingredients are locally-sourced and organic which is evident in every tasty bite.
Baby Kale and Dungeness Crab on Melba toast with squash ($24) tempted us but we went for the eggs benedict, made with organic eggs since, well, it’s brunch. Our eating companion chose the Sunflower Fried chicken, complete with sunflower leaves sprinkled on top. Cooked with honey, it’s soon going to have its own fan club. ($19.)
By all means, have a mimosa or try one of the creative cocktails. And the coffee is superb, just like you get in a European cafe.
Sure, you’re full but don’t miss out on the deserts such as the Vegan Chocolate Ganache, an architectural marvel but most importantly, simply scrumptious.
It’s our new favorite brunch spot.