Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at the London West Hollywood has been a "kitchen nightmare" for the famously fussy chef, and though it still bears his name, it has been under new ownership for several months now.
In the front area of the space, though, another story is unfolding. There, Ramsay has launched the second location of his Boxwood Café (the first is at the Berkeley Hotel in London), a more casual bistro-style restaurant dedicated to serving a "stylish yet egalitarian" menu.
Breakfast items range from poached eggs with Serrano ham and hollandaise on a croissant, and an artichoke tart with spinach, applewood bacon and ricotta cheese, to lemon griddle cakes with vanilla bean syrup.
At lunchtime, there are starters like a colorful roasted corn tortilla soup with cojito cheese, carpaccio of hamachi and crab with toasted almonds and citrus, and creamy gnocchi with crisp prosciutto and ricotta garnished with spicy rocket lettuce. Two pizzettes precede meal-sized salads like the crisp calamari with edamame, Napa cabbage and miso dressing.
Main courses include the chicken paillard--tender and lean in a brown butter sage sauce--and the standout: the Pacific black cod in a sake-miso marinade and topped with seasonal mushrooms and bak choi. There are also desserts like a delicate brick of blueberry cheesecake with dulce de leche sauce and a mysterious sprinkling of cilantro.
Like the menu, the wine list has been pared down from the behemoth in the main restaurant to a spare listing of fine California producers, while specialty cocktails like the "Ruby Red Sunset," with vodka, St. Germain and grapefruit and lime juice, is the perfect libation for a laid back business lunch.
Address: 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Cross Street: Sunset Blvd.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Phone: (310) 358-7788
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 7:00am-10:30pm