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Asana at the Mandarin Oriental Boston is about to assume its final resting position. (That’s a yoga joke, guys.) The New American restaurant will soon be replaced by the third location of Bar Boulud, renowned French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud’s casual bistro and wine bar. Renovations to its ground floor space in the 14-story hotel will begin in June, and the new eatery is expected to open in Fall 2014.
His partnership with the five-diamond Mandarin marks Boulud’s first venture into Boston. Time will tell what culinary surprises are in store for the spot, though an announcement promises the type of French bistro fare and seasonal charcuterie similar you’d find at Bar Boulud’s existing locations in New York City and London.
It "will be filled with energy, a great range of wine selections and soulful bistro cooking to create a vibrant eating and drinking destination,” states Boulud. The Boston restaurant will be overseen by Aaron Chambers, most recently chef de cuisine at the Mediterranean-focused Boulud Sud.
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Wolfgang Puck is either drinking a lot of red bull these days or he has clones of himself running around the world from one top luxury hotel to the next launching new hotel restaurant concepts.
Fresh off the opening of his CUT Steakhouse at 45 Park Lane, Wolfgang was back in LA to open to his new restaurant at the newly glamorous Hotel Bel-Air. But it's not just one restaurant Wolfgang is running here, it's the entire food and beverage operations.
Anytime you order an appetizer, an entree, dessert or even a late-night snack from room service during your stay at the Bel-Air, Wolfgang has put his hands on it. Ok, well not exactly as he won't always be in the kitchen but it's his culinary vision that's being executed. And a huge part of that vision is freshness.
We went into the kitchen at the Hotel Bel-Air with Wolfgang where he showed us that day's haul from the farmer's market. He's a stickler about having everything as fresh as can be, even to the point where he will ask if the oranges can stay on the tree a little longer. So when you get a fresh fruit basket in your room upon arrival, you can sleep soundly knowing that it's some seriously fresh fruit.
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Gordon Ramsay, a man who has had considerable difficulty keeping his restaurants afloat inside hotels, has just announced a new reality show for FOX tentatively called, Hotel Hell. (Not to be confused with our own Hotel Hell, of course.)
The premise of the show, according to Entertainment Weekly is this:
The reality kingpin will partner with a team of hospitality experts, traveling across the country to try and fix every aspect of struggling hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts.
EW then goes onto list Ramsay's hotel background which includes having studied hotel management as a young man and his own restaurants within hotels. Hmmm...about those hotel restaurants, let's see....
· MAZE at the One & Only Cape Town closed last year amid complaints that guests wanted to see him in the kitchen or at least know he had control over the menu. Also, reports said it was never nearly as crowded as Nobu next door. The restaurant had been open just over a year.
· Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood is Gordon Ramsay in name only after a sale in 2009. (Previously, we said the restaurant had closed. That was wrong on our part.) The hotel also features a Boxwood Cafe concept from Gordon as well.
More on Gordon's hotel restaurants after the jump!
Gilbert Scott, named after the original hotel’s chief architect will be located in the entrance hall of the original hotel. The Brasserie will serve up modern British classics all day, every day, with 120 seats in the dining area and an extra 52 seats in the bar. When it opens this will be one of the hottest tables in London.
The chef himself will remain focused on his Michelin-starred venture The Berkeley whilst his protegé, Chantelle Nicholson who has worked with Wareing at The Savoy Grill, Pétrus and The Berkeley runs the new place.
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While most folks are focused on Thanksgiving travel and meals, down in Miami the focus is already on Art Basel Miami Beach, the art fair that comes to town from December 2–5.
And all those collectors and scenesters accustomed to the buzzy dining scene in New York will be happy to hear that chef John DeLucie (of The Lion and The Waverly) moves into The Raleigh.
The new restaurant will be called The Royal and should bring some excitement back to the hotel that was dumped by Andre Balazs just over a year ago.
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More Manhattan Mania! The upcoming Setai Fifth Avenue has just announced that its culinary plans will include a restaurant from busy Manhattan chef Michael White, who already runs Convivio, Alto and Marea and a has fourth restaurant planned for Soho. This will be his fifth.
The new restaurant will be called Ai Fiori and The NYT has the detes:
The second-floor restaurant in the Setai Fifth Avenue, 400 Fifth Avenue (37th Street), set to open in late fall. The restaurant will feature the food of the Italian Mediterranean coast, with some French Riviera influences, and have about 185 seats with another 40 at the bar.
Looks like this luxury hotel is passing up the kind of quick "restaurant concepts" we talked about yesterday.
During a stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort outside Laguna Beach, we stopped by Michael Mina’s restaurant there, Stonehill Tavern, for a quick sit-down with the famous chef-impresario.
While speaking with him, we found out about the exciting new changes in store for the restaurant now that it has a new executive chef, Brian Black, who comes to Stonehill after stints at Mina’s other restaurants and then at Loft at the Montage Laguna Beach just down the road from the St. Regis.
Lots of juicy hotel restaurant news this week! The latest comes out of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival taking place right now in Miami. It was announced that French chef and hotel lover Daniel Boulud will open a db Bistro Moderne in the upcoming JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
Located in downtown’s new Metropolitan Miami development, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami provides db Bistro Moderne with a vibrant, urban setting, where guests will enjoy great cooking in a relaxed yet beautifully distinctive environment. The restaurant’s interiors by renowned designers, Yabu Pushelberg, will feature a dining area with striking contemporary accents and soaring 18-foot ceilings, as well as a stylish bar and lounge, street-level terrace overlooking the Miami river and two private dining rooms accommodating up to 60 guests.
Attention Hotel Chefs: there is a new distinguished food award going around that you must take notice of.
Comedian Aziz Ansari and his prestigious Food Club have awarded its second plaque of 2010 to Michael Voltaggio, the Top Chef finalist, for his "remarkable meal" at The Dining Room at the Langham Pasadena. A bit more on the Food Club:
Food Club is one of the most prestigious and respected dining associations in the world. Founded in late 2009 by Captains Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, and Jason Woliner, the club has dined at some of the finest establishments in Los Angeles and the world and presented their esteemed Food Club plaques to several world class chefs, most recently Chef David Myers of Sona.