Gourmet hotel breaks, Los Angeles
Hungry for a gourmet break? From fine-dining country-house hotels and restaurants with rooms to Michelin-star-spangled kitchens at the culinary cutting edge, we've truffle-hunted hotels and foraged the world to cherry-pick those Smith stays that go above and beyond when it comes to cuisine. Whether you want a gastronomic experience par excellence or delectable farm-to-table fare, our gourmet breaks collection has a hotel to suit your foodie taste. Bon appetit!
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New York may be the de facto ringleader of American cuisine, but Los Angeles is turning gastronomes' heads. Ideally placed for flavourful fresh produce, the city’s inventive culinary offerings are putting the meagre egg-white-omelette meal out of style.
What’s cooking? Beef carnitas-crammed sandwiches, smoky lemon-drizzled mussels and Korean roast duck. Slake your thirst with craft beer.
• In Koreatown, Sun Ha Jang’s nondescript strip-mall frontage belies little of the perfectly crisped, crackling-coated duck served inside. It's best wolfed down with piquant pickled veggies and a side of kimchi.
• Echo Park eatery Guisados promises down–home, ‘just like Mom used to make’ cooking; whether you find that sentiment sweet or a little sickly, their steak picado, chicharrón and mole poblano are just right.
• Like Italy’s tramezzino and Spain’s bocadillos, Bäco Mercat’s sandwiches are a sophisticated incarnation of the snack. Fillings include beef-tongue schnitzel and harissa, and lamb meatballs with raisins and pine nuts.
Stay at Petit Ermitage; its cuisine is as avant garde as its Kafka-inspired decor. Rattlesnake rillettes and alligator sausage are rustled up for the Gypsy Brunch.