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How to Do WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton at LA Live For Less

July 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM | by | ()

Not much has changed since HotelChatter first experienced WP24, the Wolfgang Puck restaurant atop at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

It's still an intimate setting on the 24th floor of the hotel, there are still amazing city views to take in from your seat, the Modern Asian menu has not changed much and the prices will still shock you with a three-course tasting menu starting at $70 per person, not including drinks or any other items you may want to try (we opted for the fried rice.)

But there's a way to sample WP24 without blowing your budget--hit up The Lounge at WP24 which is larger than the actual restaurant and has killer views all around. More specifically, hit up The Lounge from 5 to 7pm during the Four for $24 special which features a rotating selection of WP24's signature small plates such as Peking Duck Roll, Pork Belly Bao Bun and Shrimp & Lobster Spring Roll, all for $24.

The Lounge also has a rolling dessert cart offered Mondays-Saturdays from 5pm to close featuring the seasonally-inspired sweets from Pasty Chef Sally Camacho. Some of the options include Cashew Crunch Chocolate Cremeux Verrine and Ovaltine Dipped in Caramelia Chocolate along with Brown Butter Tea Cakes which are designed for take-away to nibble at a sports game or movie...or perhaps while sitting in traffic.

And it wouldn't be a proper lounge without a selection of specialty cocktails. WP24's "Garden to Glass" cocktails all feature herbs and garnishes plucked from the hotel's rooftop garden. We could have sipped on a Ginger Crisp made with chambord vodka, sake and rimmed with ginger sugar ($16) all night long but the Dragon's Fire, made with patron anejo, grapefruit and jalapeno, (also $16) was excellent as well.

All in all you could probably get out of the lounge for about $40 per person (not including tax or tip) which is still way less than the $400 starting room rate at the Ritz.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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