6 Things to Eat at Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis
When Boston chef Michael Schlow told Zagat about his plans for Cavatina, the restaurant he opened at West Hollywood's Sunset Marquis hotel, he talked about keeping a West Coast sensibility to the menu, even if he is overseeing things from thousands of miles away. He might only be here once a month, but his executive chef Roger Eggleston is executing his vision beautifully at the lush hideaway. It's truly one of the best kept secrets of LA: the mostly outdoor space is surrounded by lush trees, some still with hanging fruit, twinkle lights and a small waterfall. Walking through the hotel lobby and past the pool, the walls lined with photos of rock stars and music legends, makes it feel even more exclusive and very LA. That connection to the music world doesn't end there; just about everyone looks like they are or could be in a band, or those that rep them.
The menu looks long but is fairly tight — there's a smattering of snacks and small plates, a handful of crudo dishes, and entrees, including seafood prepared in various ways and roasted and grilled meats. Schlow and Eggleston's take on LA cuisine is light and seasonal, with dishes that keep up trends without being too trendy. Yes, there is kale, but it's turned into ribbons of pasta topped with chunks of lobster and a kicky tomato sauce. And there's toast, here topped with a poached egg and guanciale vinaigrette, so you can have bacon and eggs for dinner. It's all definitely a step up from the pretty average hotel fare that was served here before the redo. Take a look for yourself. Here are six dishes on the menu now that you shouldn't miss.