No Need to Hunt for Paleo Options at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
While many hotel brands are getting in on the juicing trend (Kimpton Hotels just announced a hotel-wide program too), we were beyond excited to see that the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles embrace a new, healthy-eating trend with a special Paleo Menu at their Breeze restaurant, a first of its kind for a hotel restaurant.
For those not familiar, the Paleo diet is based on the food groups of our "pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors." Cavemen, really. Essentially, the diet is all meats and vegetables but only "clean" meats and vegetables, nothing processed is allowed. And sorry, dairy is not allowed either.
The diet not only claims to help with weight loss but also to help with autoimmune disorders and systemic inflammation. (Note: I personally try to follow Paleo for an autoimmune disorder that I have but goddammit, cheese is too often too good to resist.)
Like all diets, Paleo requires careful selection of ingredients (read your labels!) and time to prepare the foods. While it's possible to order around the menu options at a restaurant to meet your Paleo requirements, most of the time dining out Paleo-style can be difficult and near impossible when staying at hotels. But not at Breeze, Hyatt's all-day dining restaurant.
Introduced by the hotel's Sous Chef, Ali Parvinjah, a former vegan-turned-Paleo follower, the menu is 100 percent Paleo, from the ingredients to the preparation. For example, the bacon in the organic kale salad ($9) is cured using celery juice.
You can peruse the menu options below of which thankfully, there are quite a few. When we tested the menu out for ourselves, we went with the Butternut Squash Bisque (perfection at $8) and the Char Grilled NY Steak ($39) which was layered with a grainy mustard and paired with a sweet potato leek gratin. The presentation was a little lackluster but it was what was inside that counted.
Whatever you decide on for your main course, leave room for dessert. After all, these are hard to come by on the Paleo diet. The Mason Jar Paleo Pumpkin Pie with coconut whipped cream ($8) is outstanding. Beats a green juice any day.
The Paleo Menu is available at Breeze for both lunch and dinner. To make a reservation, call 1 310 228 1234or book on OpenTable. Rates at the hotel start around $229 a night.
Disclosure: We sampled the Paleo menu at Breeze courtesy of the hotel but all opinions and recommendations are our own.