A trendy, if quiet, newcomer has rolled its means into the guts of Hollywood as of final month, with Shirley Brasserie taking over residence behind the famed Hollywood Roosevelt resort. The storied property has seen a lot over the many years (together with the primary Academy Awards) and was up till this summer season the house of Nancy Silverton’s three-year-old steakhouse the Barish. That closure led to a change in route and culinary focus, with Shirley Brasserie now in as a French California possibility sporting steaks, a uncooked bar, and a full suite of cocktails.
Whereas the brand new Shirley Brasserie has been flying considerably below the radar since opening in July, the restaurant’s pedigree definitely deserves consideration. Chef Craig Hopson is the opening chef de delicacies, and with time spent at locations like Man Savoy, Lucas Carton in Paris, and Le Cirque in New York Metropolis he’s greater than suited to the duty. Hopson’s menu is wealthy with French staples like a Lyonnaise salad with frisee and a delicate poached egg, or lengthy charcuterie boards with spreads and meats from throughout France. Seafood towers will proceed to hit the high-dollar tables, whereas wood-fired entrees focus on roasted chickens, steaks and chops, or touches of seafood like halibut and king crab legs. There are standalone entrees like duck leg confit, massive bottles of notable French wine, and riffs on basic cocktails together with a French milk punch and Negroni blanc. The opening menu is under.
The area itself hasn’t been touched a lot from the Barish days, with a mixture of marble, leather-based, and darkish wooden. The kitchen is open for all to see, and light-weight streams in from behind gauzy curtains alongside a major wall. Dim dinners are possible the transfer right here, with date evening crowds and pre-theater diners merging collectively below low lights and mellow music. Sylvain Royer, the managing companion of R&B Lab, is behind the restaurant’s rebranding.
The brand new Shirley Brasserie lands at an attention-grabbing second for Hollywood. Whereas many different areas simply to the south and east have exploded with recognition as of late — assume Sightglass’s Media District and the Vinyl District, dwelling to powerhouse Mom Wolf — not all the things is clean crusing within the neighborhood. Each Horses and Mom Wolf have confronted litigation points not too long ago, whereas different spots like Gunsmoke have quietly closed their doorways. Nonetheless, the Hollywood Roosevelt deserves an anchor tenant for its downstairs restaurant, and thus far it’s discovered a promising possibility with this understated new French dinner spot.
Shirley Brasserie is open day by day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on weekends) at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard; reservations might be made through OpenTable.