Location: Pendry West Hollywood. 8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. (323) 918-3410
Date: December 21, 2021
Cuisine: Modern Fusion
Rating: Excellent food
Perched atop Pendry West Hollywood, Wolfgang Puck’s Merois is a stylish rooftop restaurant where the city’s awe-inspiring landscape is the backdrop to a sophisticated menu of global flavors and creations with a decidedly Californian point of view. A simple yet stunning raw bar and sushi menu sit alongside heartier main dishes and delicate vegetables infused with flavors of Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and beyond. All finished with an indulgent menu of house made desserts and paired with handcrafted cocktails, fine wines, and more.
The lobby downstairs.
The main dining room. There are outside spaces as well.
From my cellar: 2008 Domaine Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d’Âne. VM 90. Bright yellow. Ripe stone fruits, grilled almond and vanilla on the nose, lifted by a spicy element. Good sweet, fleshy Meursault, conveying more precision and an impression of firmer acidity than the Puligny villages-perhaps a positive effect of the bottling. Finishes with very good length. I like this.
agavin: our bottle was a bit advanced. Sigh. 2008 Leflaives.
From my cellar: 2007 Lucien Le Moine Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Hauts-Doix. VM 89-92. Good deep red. Slightly wild aromas of dark fruits, smoky minerals, herbs, spices and crushed stone. Serious and structured wine, with pepper, spice and earth notes giving it a drier aspect than most of these 2007s. Not the smoothest wine in the portfolio but the tannins are essentially ripe and gentle.
1999 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Corton-Renardes. 93 points. Great balance with an everlasting finish. It’s a very light wine that paired perfectly with King Salmon. This is in its prime with another decade of good drinking.
Free amuse. Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi, cucumber relish.
Toro crispy rice special. Elevated version of the “classic.”
Grilled Mongolian Lamb Chops.
Baked Sweet Potato, pomegranate, pistachio-mint vinaigrette.
Kurobuta Pork Shank Confit. Crisp Chicharron, gochujang, market greens.
Crispy Peking Duck. Came out whole.
Then cut up with the Persimmon Compote.
Scallion pancakes, not quite large enough. Regular sping pancakes would have been better.
Sweet “Spicy Apricot Sauce” was a bit cloying.
Hoisin, but we had to specially request it.
The dessert menu.
Marjolaine Cake. Hazelnut dacquoise, dark chocolate ganache, pistachio ice cream.
Basque Cheesecake. Fresh passionfruit and mango.
Overall, Merois has very good food, very much an updated version of that California/Asian aesthetic that Puck first deployed at Chinois. Service was quite good and very friendly.
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