Did you know that there is only one restaurant on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills?  The Luxe Hotel Rodeo, not only offers stellar accommodations, but also has a lovely restaurant for it's guests and LA locals.  The summer menu at On Rodeo Bistro has debuted and I was lucky enough to try some of the fresh dishes prepared by executive chef, David Padilla. 

New menu items include

  • Tuna Crudo with baby heirloom tomatoes, avocado, citrus segments and house made ponzu
  • Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad with arugula
  • Grilled Atlantic Salmon with roasted cauliflower, kale and citrus herb sauce
  • Luxe Guittard Chocolate Souffle with ice cream

Each of the new items are prepared with great attention to the summer season. 

The tuna crudo arrived as a palate of excitable colors and textures.  The pink tuna flesh met it's match when sharing the fork with a square of avocado.  The edges of quickly seared fish were a bit too salted for my taste, but still good tasting.

Burrata is a trending restaurant menu item at the moment and serving it with fruit, in my opinion, is the best way to bring out its creamy flavor. 

Salmon is not one of my go-to orders when dining out, but this version had me questioning my reservations.  It was the best salmon I have ever had in any dining room.  I askedChef Padilla what he used to season it and he said, "salt and pepper."  Wow.  That salt and pepper went a long way because the flavor of the fish was perfect. 

The meal ended with a truly special dessert, The Luxe Guittard Chocolate Soufflé.  This soufflé is now a signature on The restaurant's new menu and echoes the Hotel brand theme of "luxury and sophistication."  The first bite was dangerous.  Perfectly puffed and soft on the palate.  The chocolate was strong enough to notice, but gentle enough to keep spooning.

Lastly, the bar served me one of their incredibly wonderful new cocktails, The Donna Martin Martini.  Named after the fabulous 90210 character, this martini was flavored with lime, cream and a graham cracker crumbed rim.  Pretty much a key lime pie in glass, yum!

Don't be a stranger, visit Luxe the next time you're hungry and thirsty on Rodeo Drive!

360 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210