Gordon Ramsay L.A. reservation line is open!
Ladies and gentlemen, find your cellphones: The reservation line for Gordon Ramsay's new L.A. restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, is open -- even if the doors aren't. Ramsay's first West Coast restaurant, which is in the former Bel Age location, officially opens for dinner on May 27 (lunch to start the following day). This follows the opening, in 2006, of the Gordon Ramsay at the London New York, Ramsay's American debut.
A menu just faxed over lists dishes such as California spiny lobster with white port sauce, rack of Sonoma lamb with olive-crusted fingerling potatoes and West Coast halibut with Kumamoto oysters and Champagne velouté. (Notice all the nice regional tags.) What we can also expect is some stunt staffing, as the winner of this year's "Hell's Kitchen" (Ramsay's American reality show, the finale of which is set to air July 8) will be installed as "senior sous chef," according to Ramsay's publicist. Ramsay may like publicity, but he's unlikely to want a surprise "Kitchen Nightmares" (Ramsay's other American reality show) episode either. Therefore, said senior sous chef will be under the watchful eyes of executive chef Josh Emmett (who will oversee from Ramsay's New York restaurant) and chef de cuisine Andy Cook. And, one hopes, Ramsay himself, in all his high-volume, obscenity-laced glory. Maybe, if we're lucky, he'll cook too.
Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood. Reservation line: (310) 358-7788.
-- Amy Scattergood
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