Today, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills on Doheny opens the door of Culina, which replaces the now-shuttered Gardens Restaurant. And just in time for Oscar Weekend! How shockingly coincidental. Not.
Gardens used to be a big power lunch spot, and Culina is sure to continue that tradition. Bouchon, Oliviero, Bond St., Cut…I don’t know what it is about hotel restaurants and big egos, but they seem to go together hand-in-hand. Maybe it’s the prospect of a quick appetizer downstairs with an entree in bed upstairs, all in time to get back to work by 2:30PM and expense it on the company dime that makes it seem so tempting.
Culina will be serving modern Italian fare and is rumored to have one full wall made out of living succulent plants. If you aren’t lucky enough to be invited to the Oscar/launch party they’re throwing this weekend, maybe you’ll be able to make it next week. I hear there’s some big party thing going on Sunday night, so most of Hollywood will probably be hungover come Monday morning. Better make your reservation for breakfast now.
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