Sofitel LA's Simon Restaurant Scores Big with Fashionistas but Leaves Senior Citizen Unimpressed
Lately, top chefs are leaving LA for Las Vegas, but famed chef Kerry Simon has done the reverse commute by signing up as the chef behind the newly redone Sofitel Los Angeles.. What's the byproduct? The Sofitel's restaurant Simon L.A. which serves up comfort-food with LA approved ingredients.
LA Times reviewer Irene Virbila has tested this place out not once, not twice, but several times. Initially, she didn't like it but she's since found several dishes that would lure her back in for dinner "anytime." That is, if the noise level at dinnertime wasn't so deafening.
Aside from finding comfort food faves like meatloaf, shrimp cocktail, and even Rice Krispie Treats, Simon L.A. wouldn't survive without also dishing up a place for the likes of its host city:
The young fashionistas in pointy-toed boots and three-figure haircuts go for raw salad, or the chef's "grilled" gazpacho. These tall, skinny model types arrive laden with shopping bags (and I'm not talking groceries). Fortunately, there's plenty of room for girls and bags in the gently curved booths tucked into a thicket of dark wood screens with cut-outs that cast leafy shadows on the walls for a Norwegian-forest coffee-shop look. It's a welcome break from the usual dispiriting or pretentious hotel restaurant.
In the end however, Virbila granted the place only one and a half stars out of four, probably due to the decibel level and the lack of an early-bird special.