Archive for December, 2008

Festive Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel – Bangkok

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel

My favorite place to visit in Bangkok when I require serenity, peace and tranquility is the magnificent lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel with its beautiful ceiling mural and soft music.
From 2pm – 6pm you may indulge in a full afternoon tea. Price: 880 Baht
It may include:
Savories
Chicken Salad on Brioche
Baby Potatoes Farci and Crispy Pancetta
Cheese Sandwich Wrapped with Forest Ham
Cured Salmon with Sour Cream and Roes
Marinated Tuna with Dill Tapenade
Sweet Bread Ragout with Truffle Oil on Parmesan Tart

Sweets
Mint-Infused Chocolate Square
Tangerine Fondant and Sesame Nougatine
Cointreau Glazed Fruit Cake Lolly Pop
Blueberry Financier
Strawberries on Breton Sable
Hazelnut Crème Brûlée
Granny Smith Macaroon
Grand Marnier and Chestnut Profiterole
Manuka Honey Castellan Cake with Coriander-Scented Jivara Mousse
Mango Cheesecake
Raisin and Plain Scones served with Clotted Cream, Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam

Teas
Black Tea – English Breakfast, Moroccan Mint, Supreme Ceylon Single Origin Leaf Tea, Earl Grey, Nuware Eliya Pekoe, Single Estate Darjeeling, Ceylon Silver Tips
Green Tea – Single Estate Oolong Leaf Tea, Sencha Green Extra Special, Jasmine Extra Special No. 1, Lapsang Souchong, Japanese Uji Natural Leaf
Fruit Tisane – Italian Almond Tea, Mediterranean Mandarin, Mediterranean Mandarin, Rose with French Vanilla
Herbal Infusion – Natural Rose Hip with Hibiscus, Organic Peppermint, Organic Camomile, Lemongrass Tea

Christmas at the Four Seasons Hotel

The interior decoration team accomplishes another brilliant design with ornaments of white and brown chocolate.

St. Germain des Prés Restaurant – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Bar – Brasserie
4/1 Ratwithi Road, Chiang Mai
Tel. 053 289 557
Opening Hours:  Lunch: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Dinner: 6:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Credit Cards: Visa, MC
Prices: Inexpensive

I was surprised to find a French restaurant with such “good quality for the price” on most items on the menu. They have an interesting way of structuring the menu and pricing: 1st courses or soup are all: 195 baht, 2nd courses are all: 295 baht (a small surcharge applies for a few menu items) Dessert: 120. Or for a three course set: 575 baht.
The chicken supreme with mushrooms was excellent, amazingly most of the mushrooms in the mix were Cepes; an outstanding value. Scallops with cream sauce and Calvados in an attractively presented crispy pastry pouch contained small local Thai scallops with the roe attached, and were very good, although it was hard to detect any Calvados in the sauce. However, for the price I could not complain. I will certainly return to try other dishes on my next return to Chiang Mai.
On the roof above, accessed by a stairway leading up from the front terrace, is a large bar that begins to become lively after 10pm.

David Langlands’ Christmas – England

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Above: Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Leicestershire

I thought it only fitting, as this is the first Christmas for this weblog, to post this article by the late David Langlands, a good friend and brilliant writer. It originally appeared in the December issue of our publication, “The Good Life” a Dining & Travel Newsletter in 1981. It has been left intact, wherever possible, and only amended and edited to bring it up-to-date and enhanced with a few photos:

At Christmas play and make good cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year.

So run the 16th century lines, and nowadays one can feel only profound relief that this should be so, such is the squalid commercialism that has overtaken the traditional festival. The images one cherishes of the old-fashioned Christmas tend to be illusory: only seldom does it snow, a fat goose is hard to find, even the carol singers rattle collecting tins. But there are compensations.
Perhaps on Christmas Eve a dinner of celebration in the handsome Dorchester Grill, where the best of British cooking was originally resurrected under the guiding hand and spectacular talents of Anton Mosimann and revitalized with style by Udo Schlentrich, formerly of the Regency on Park Avenue is now provided by 34 year old Head Chef Aiden Byrne, that have previously won him Michelin stars, followed by the midnight service at St. Margaret’s Westminster. An evening of sensual and spiritual delight. Indeed, the Dorchester with the opening of Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester is once again one of the best addresses in London due to the Grill and is further displayed in the lavishly decorated, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, which opened last year and where the menu suprises are justly famous.

An alternative could be an expedition to the country, in itself a pleasure despite the probability of foul weather; for in Lord Tweedsmuir’s words, “It is the English winter that intoxicates more even than the English May, for the noble bones of the land are bare, and you get the essential savour of earth and wood and water.” We are richly blessed with country hotels of charm and quality.
Of them all none is dearer to my heart than Gidleigh Park, set on the edge of Dartmoor above the infant Teign. Paul and Kay Henderson’s Edwardian house allies immense comfort, cuisine of rare finesse, a very remarkable cellar with certainly the strongest California list in England, to a happy atmosphere of genuine kindliness. One feels a great sense of peace and well-being here. Native British hoteliers might ponder the fact that this retreat is the achievement of Americans with no formal training in the field.
Editors Note: The property has been sold to the new proprietors: Andrew and Christina Brownsword, and ably guided by General Manager: Sue Williams and Executive Chef: Michael Caines MBE. It will be operated, as in the past, adhering to the highest standards.

Similar in style is Hambleton Hall, on the edge of Rudland Water, some 100 miles north of London. This is the recent and personal creation of Tim and Stefa Hart, enlightened amateurs also, and their Victorian house provides the solid comfort of the period. In the kitchen, Michelin star Chef, Aaron Patterson whose experience, shows a youthful virtuosity. Sample menus follow:

Our Michelin starred Chef, Aaron Patterson has created Special 3 Course Set Menus which are available every night of the week. Our Menus are changed daily to take account of the seasons and availability.

Selections à la carte:

FIRST COURSES

Assiette of Tomato   £14.75
***
Mille Feuille of Seabream   £15.00
with Vièrge Sauce
***
Mosaic of Chicken, Foie Gras & Veal Sweetbreads   £17.25
with Hazelnuts & Orange
***
Ballotine of Foie Gras   £22.25
with Spiced Pineapple & Pistachio Nuts
***
Hambleton’s Mixed Salad   £14.75
with Woodland Leaves & Truffle Dressing
***
Pan Fried Langoustines   £22.75
with Confit Pork Belly Tortellini & Rhubarb
***
Black Perigord Truffle Risotto   £27.75

MAIN COURSES

Loin of Rabbit   £33.25
with Carrot Purée & Pea & Mint Risotto
***
Poached Fillet of Seabass   £34.00
with Tempura Fried Langoustines, Hazelnuts & Chervil Root Purée
***
Fillet of Hambleton Longhorn Beef   £36.00
with Slow Roast Onions & Petit Chou Farci
***
Roast Breast of Goosnargh Duck   £35.00
with Caramelised Endive & White Raisins
***
Poached & Roast Pigeon   £33.25
with Truffle & Foie Gras Raviolo
***
Roast Loin of Venison   £33.75
with Caramelised Endive, Spiced Pineapple & Cocoa Sauce
***
Hare Wellington   £33.25
with a Prune & Armagnac Sauce

DESSERTS

(Desserts take up to 25 minutes to prepare)
Assiette of Apple & Blackberry   £14.00
***
Passion Fruit Soufflé   £15.25
with Passion Fruit & Banana Sorbet
***
Selection of Sorbets   £13.00
with Wafer Thin Crisp Fruits
***
Chocolate & Olive Oil Truffle   £14.75
with Salted Caramel, Pistachios & Baked Banana
***
Assiette of Hambleton’s Desserts   £29.50 (for 2 people)
***
Pear Tart Tatin   £14.00

Sunday Lunch Set Menu
£41.50

Tian of Crab
***
with Granny Smith & Ginger Beer Jelly
***
Traditional Roast Beef
with Yorkshire Pudding & Horseradish Hollandaise
***
Rice Pudding Soufflé with Raspberry Sorbet
***
Coffee & Petits Fours

Sunday Lunch À La Carte
Three Courses   £46.00

FIRST COURSES

Assiette of Beetroot
***
Terrine of Chicken & Black Pudding with Root Vegetables
***
Hambleton’s Mixed Salad
with Woodland Leaves & Truffle Dressing

MAIN COURSES

Pan Fried Fillet of Seabream with Tartare Mash & Hazelnuts
***
Simply Roast Guinea Fowl
with a Pea & Mint Risotto & a Sherry Vinegar Sauce
***
Roast Loin of Venison
with Caramelised Endive, Spiced Pineapple & Cocoa Sauce

DESSERTS
(Desserts take up to 25 minutes to prepare)

Assiette of Apple & Blackberry
***
Selection of Sorbets with Wafer Thin Crisp Fruits
***
Chocolate Tart with Orange Sorbet
***
Coffee & Petits Fours   £4.75

These are Sample Menus – we reserve the right to adjust menu prices – up or down to reflect fluctuations in the cost of ingredients.
All menus are subject to a discretionary service charge of 12.5%.

Nearer to London, only 30 miles south but hard to discover, is Gravetye Manor. Peter Herbert’s splendid Elizabethan house stands in a veritable and historic garden. The walk down to the lake, or rather the stiff climb back from it, is calculated to repair any excesses prompted by subtle skills in the kitchen. The public rooms are infinitely relaxing with their paneling and paintings, fine furniture and great log fires. Bedrooms, ancient and modern alike, are comfortable—the former are more fun and reinforce the sense of pleasurable escapism.
Editors Note: Peter Herbert arrived at Gravetye in 1958 and captivated by this property and its setting, he had the revolutionary idea of injecting his own exceptional hotel keeping and restaurant standards into this rural spot. Over 40 years on, Gravetye has lost none of its edge. It has a timeless quality – not trendy, and yet not aged and stuffy. Although only 30 miles from Hyde Park Corner the thousand acre forest in which it is set has resisted development.
In April 2004, General Manager, Andrew Russell and Chef de Cuisine, Mark Raffan, both of whom had worked for the Herbert Family for over seventeen years, purchased the hotel. They both have a great affection and affiliation with this historic house and garden. They are both delighted to be able to continue the philosophy of great country house hospitality and also to maintaining and nurturing this historically important garden.

The Dorchester Park Lane
London W1K 1QA
England
Tel: +44 20 7629 8888
Fax: +44 20 7629 8080
E-mail: info@thedorchester.com
E-mail: reservations@thedorchester.com
($$$)
Gidleigh Park Hotel, Chatford, Devon. Tel: 01647 432367, Email: gidleighpark@gidleigh.co.uk
($$$)
Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Leicestershire. Tel: 0572 56991
Tel: +44 (0) 1572 756 991
Fax: +44 (0) 1572 724 721
Email: info@hambletonhall.com
($$)
Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, West Sussex. Tel: 0342 810567
telephone: +44 1342 810567
facsimile: +44 1342 810080
email: info@gravetyemanor.co.uk
($$$)

Q Bar – Bangkok

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Q Bar Bangkok
#34 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel. +(662)252-3274
Fax. +(662)252-5366
www.qbarbangkok.com/

David Jacobson first opened Q Bar in Saigon many years ago and when the government’s interference became too intolerable, he moved the operation to Bangkok.
Q Bar has the most extensive stock of spirits and cocktails in Bangkok. They pour everything from Absinthe to Zubrowka!

They include a full page on their cocktail list of Long Island Iced Teas including variations such as the “Paris Iced Tea” (substituting Chambord for Cola) and the Q Bar original “Bangkok Iced Tea” (substituting Red Bull for Cola).
Q Bar features over 60 different vodkas from around the world, including the wonderfully intriguing Polish vodka Zubrowka (with the buffalo weed in the bottle), stored in their vodka freezer where the spirits are chilled to -19C, they also have 20 different tequilas, and over 30 special whiskeys.
The bar also features one of the largest selections of liquors in any freestanding bar in South East Asia. They pour a large drink, so it unnecessary to order a double, as you must do elsewhere in this part of the world; where they pour you a thimble full, a standard 1.5 oz (45ml) in each standard drink is 50% larger than a normal drink found in Bangkok bars. They even have Absinthe that has just recently been legally approved as safe (see my post: http://www.restaurantdiningcritiques.com/lucid-absinthe-critics/us-prohibition-of-absinthe-finally-over/ And, if you really don’t give a damn, try an American nightclub favorite the Jello Shot or the newest shot the Ice Shot that will definitely freeze your brain; and if at this point you don’t have a brain anymore, it will freeze whatever else you still have left!
In addition to their stock of Blended, Rye, Irish and Bourbon Whiskeys, whisky lovers will find over 20 fine Single Malt Whiskeys on the shelves ranging from the popular Laphroaig 10-yr.-old to Lagavulin 16-yr.-old, a total of over thirty special whiskeys.

If you are planning to have a fun night on the town in the City of Angels, and what would be holding you back, then, this is the place to head to immediately after dinner!

Baccara Go-Go Bar, Soi Cowboy – Bangkok

Monday, December 22nd, 2008


Soi Cowboy, Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok
Tel. 02 258 4332
Opening Hours: 17:30 to Closing
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderately Expensive

This is Bangkok, afer all, and a great deal of tourists from all over the world travel here to check out the nightlife, in addition to the delicious and varied selection of cuisines available in Krung Thep.

Baccara is probably the best Go-Go Bar on Soi Cowboy (the entertainment area located between Sukhumvit Soi Asoke and Soi 23) flaunting a double decked dance floor with the upper floor constructed from glass so customers on the bottom level have a view of the girls on the top level who are dressed in school uniforms sans knickers and very often the uniforms suddenly disappear. Girls in bikinis dance to the music on the bottom floor and there is also a Terrace Bar, which opens from 17:30 daily, directly in front of the Baccara where smoking is allowed.
The bar stocks a selection of Belgian, German and Japanese beers in addition to the local Thai choices. You may order a bottle of whiskey, or any other spirit and receive unlimited soft drinks and ice with your bottle order. Espresso coffee is also available.

Chez Les Anges Restaurant – Paris

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

54, Boulevard de LaTour-Maubourg, Paris 7.
Tel. 01 47 05 89 86.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 12pm – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Sat – Sun: closed
Cuisine: French
Capacity: 80
Dress code: Smart casual
Metro: La Tour Maubourg
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderate

Chez Les Anges, overlooking the Esplanade des Invalides, has been through a change of name and several different owners before Jacques and Catherine Lacipiere of Au Bon Accueil restored it both in the culinary department as well as refreshing the decor with light colored spotlights splashing the walls and adding highly refined seating.
Game is featured in season and the menu reflects the other seasons bounties during the balance of the year. They have compiled a fine wine list with Burgundies especially accentuated.

La Goulue Restaurant – New York

Friday, December 19th, 2008

La Goulue
746 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021
at 65th St.
212-988-8169
Opening Hours: Open every day
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Expensive

I really enjoy many dishes from this venerable restaurant, regardless of the few negative comments I have heard, and most fondly remembered is the foie gras terrine among many other favorites. The location on Madison Avenue is ideal and the place generally has a “Parisian feel” to it.
It has a busy lunch crowd and gets the upper east side neighborhood crowd filling up the bar area while waiting for one of the banquets, especially one in the front to open up. They offer a Cafe Menu between 4p.m. – 6p.m. with items such as duck foie gras, steak tartare and an excellent profiteroles for dessert.

Footnote: For those who may not be aware. . .  Louise Weber, nicknamed La Goulou (The Glutton), was born to a Jewish family from Alsace. Her mother worked in a laundry where Louise borrowed customer’s outfits to perform in local dance halls.
She began dancing in small clubs around Paris and became popular because of her dexterity as a dancer and especially for her routine, which included hiking up her dress to show her panties with an embroidered red heart and kicking off men’s hats with her toe. She received the affectionate nickname “La Goulue” because of her frequent habit of grabbing customer’s drinks and downing the contents while dancing past their tables. She eventually danced an early version of the Cancan at the Moulin Rouge and became a highly paid star.
She decided to leave the Moulin Rouge and invested in a traveling show that toured the country as part of a large fair. Her fans did not have the same interest to see her in this type of setting and the venture turned out to be a failure. She took to drinking heavily and wound up destitute, toothless, unrecognized and reduced to selling cigarettes and peanuts on the street close to where she once had been a star at the Moulin Rouge. She died shortly after and is now buried at the Cimetière de Montmartre.

Fig Restaurant, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica – Los Angeles

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, California 90401
TOLL FREE: 1(866) 540-4470
Tel.(310) 576-7777
FAX (310) 458-7912
E-MAIL santamonica@fairmont.com
Website: http://www.fairmont.com
Seating Capacity: 92 including the Bar
Opening Hours: Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderate-Expensive

FIG Restaurant – Opened February 3rd, 2009

The Fig Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, named after the enormous 100 yr. old fig tree on the property that I remember quite vividly, having spent a great deal of time at the Miramar as a young boy when my grandparents took up temporary residence there, which stretched into several years while they looked for a house in the vicinity.
John P. Jones, a silver magnate, built an estate in 1889 on five acres of land above the cliffs where Wilshire Boulevard ends and named it “Miramar”.
It seems as if the Fig Bistro has mimicked the menu of of the successful Anisette Brasserie on the Santa Monica mall to a certain extent.
Fairmont Miramar guests may call for room service around the clock or rendezvous at the Koi Pond Lounge for cocktails or soon at The Fig restaurant for California brasserie cuisine.
Enjoy the California Brasserie featuring a Cruvinet and Charcuterie area. The menu features delicious dishes with ingredients from local Farmers Markets to ensure only the freshest produce is used.
The parklike grounds add a wide selection of venues flanked by lawns, fountains, and waterfalls.  ocean-view balconies, and private saunas. Guests may call for room service around the clock or rendezvous at the Koi Pond Lounge for cocktails or The Fig restaurant for California brasserie cuisine. Or use the hotel’s Lexus SUV, to head for the new Miramar Beach Club, where butlers attend umbrella-shaded lounges and furnish Boogie Boards, volleyballs, soft drinks, snacks, and a full beach menu.

Church & State French Restaurant – Los Angeles

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Church & State        photo by Anne Fishbein
Located in the Biscuit Company Lofts
1850 Industrial St. (Mateo St.)
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tel. 213-405-1434
Website: www.churchandstatebistro.com
Opening Hours:  Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 6:00pm – 10:00pm,
Friday – Saturday: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Credit Cards:  Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Prices: Inexpensive-Moderate

This is a new French restaurant in the industrial district of downtown Los Angeles. It is Steven Arroyo’s latest after Malo (Silverlake), Cobras & Matadors (West Hollywood), 750ml (Pasadena).

The industrial look stems from the former Biscuit Company, the frontage is floor-to-ceiling windows and the interior has been given a coat of red paint on the walls, accented by antique mirrors.

The menu has the usual list of classics: fruits de mer, salad frisee au lardon, steak frites, and cassoulet, etcetera.

Hollywood’s Nightclub Scene is Booming! – Los Angeles

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

In the past, as far as nightlife was concerned, downtown Hollywood was a wasteland of bawdy tattoo parlors, neon-lit liquor stores, and dirty sidewalks and save for
Les Deux
1638 North Las Palmas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-462-7644
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Expensive

Owners Mike Malin, Lonnie Moore and Sylvain Bitton have transformed this restaurant/club, which was one of the first on the scene many years ago when there was virtually nothing. L.A.’s hottest restaurant of the ’90s has had a soft reopen in 2006, the Parisian-style main room still features familiar peach-tinted mirrors and curvy-black architecture accented by Louis XVI candelabras. An added Ultra Lounge offers a dimly lit bar area with overhead projection of foreign films and vintage fashion shows to DJ-spun house music. The patio is still the best place to see and be seen
Presently, there are almost too many clubs that have opened in Hollywood, starting with The Highlands Hollywood, which really never caught on with the club scene set, although it opened the doors for what was to come, namely the
Kress
6608 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 785-5000
Website: www.thekress.net
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat. 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Smoking: Outdoor Area/Patio Only
Prices: Expensive

A 38000 sq. ft. multi-floor entertainment center, located in the former quarters of Frederick’s of Hollywood, including a basement nightclub. It was developed by Mike Viscuso—who was at least partly responsible for the renovation of the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego.

Avalon
1735 Vine St
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 462-8900
Opening Hours: Show times vary
Pros: Music, Crowd, Service, venue
Cons: Strict bouncers, 18+ nights
Parking: Pay lot
Live Music: Yes
Credit Cards: Visa, MC
Music Types: Alternative Rock,  Rock & Pop, Hip-Hop & Rap, Techno & Industrial, Funk, Soul & R&B

It first opened in 1927, this classic Hollywood art deco landmark and former Palace location has played host to almost every entertainer. Extensive renovations and posh additions have brought the art deco landmark into the 21st century–think minimalist, modern decor; an outdoor smoking lounge with its own bar; an entirely new upper lounge built over the existing balcony; reserved seating; and a private club-within-a-club called the Spider. The impresarios behind the venture are a pair of ex-East Coasters with a string of successes, including the Limelight and Tunnel in New York, and Axis and Embassy in Boston.
Entrance to the Spider Club is handled separately from the Avalon. You must be on the guest list. The line forms just north of the main entrance, near the alleyway.
DJ Mr.White spins good selections. Service is very good, the bottle girls are pleasant. A 33000 sq. ft. club that holds rock shows on weekdays and electronic extravaganzas during the weekends has been open since 2003 and now with the recent opening of its exclusive lounge and Bar BARDOT atop the Avalon, they are expecting to attract an elite crowd who will enter through a separate entrance.

Bar Delux
1624 Caheunga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel. 323-461-6800
Restaurant / Bar
Music: Pop / Top 40
Cross Streets: Selma Ave.
Dinner served
Dress Code: Casual Chic
Alcohol: Full Bar
Smoking: Outdoors Only
Bar Style: Whiskey, Lounge, and Martini
Audience admittance: 21+
Atmosphere: Upscale
Prices: Expensive
Credit Cards: All Major

This is the latest venture from Adolpho Suaya and designer Kristofer Keith (Spacecraft), Delux is an Art Deco cocktail lounge featuring elegant chandeliers and a massive emerald stained glass mural.

Ecco Ultra Lounge
Located on Cahuenga corridor this club is L.A.’s first green nightclub that features organic cocktails, energy-efficient LED lighting and waterless urinals.
Katsuya a late-night sushi bar and the adjacent Philippe Starck designed S Bar at the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine are both very popular venues.

Playhouse
6506 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Bar / Club Type: DJ / Dance Club

Robert Vinokur’s Playhouse is emulating a bit of La Vegas blended with a healthy dollop of South Beach in the center of newly-revitalized downtown Hollywood.
The 13,000-square foot nightclub (designed by the same design firm behind STK and Villa, Manhattan-based Icrave), situated inside the Fox Theater on Hollywood Boulevard at Wilcox Avenue will feature top name DJ’s from Europe and a 24-hour diner type of operation. It will have top-name DJs from Europe.
The sound system is state of the art and was designed by Dan Agne from Sound Investments (known for work at Cielo New York, Vanguard, and Beta Nightclub in Denver).  The lighting system at the Fox was designed by Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting, known for his work at Tao Las Vegas, Cherry Las Vegas, and Crobar New York. One can easily see they have spared no expense on the technical side.
Projected Opening: Mid-December 2008

Vanguard
6021 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Driving directions: Located on North side of Hollywood Blvd. between of Gower St. and Bronson Ave, 3 blocks East of Vine St. Entrance from the back (parking lot).
Tel. 323-463-3331
Website: www.vanguardla.com
Type:  Afterhours, Club

In Hollywood where most clubs shut their doors by 2 A.M., the Vanguard’s dedicated after-hours dance scene has become a mainstay for house music and late-night action in L.A.  with a rooftop patio.
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Expensive

The next massive development to be opened in the next year or so will be the W Hollywood operated by one of Las Vegas’ top nightlife destinations.