Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica Reinvents It Dining Venues
Posted Nov. 14, 2013, 8:01 am
Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief
Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica, formerly the Sheraton Delfina on the corner of Pico and 5th up until mid-September, has flipped its two dining venues as part of the hotel’s rebranding efforts.
Zest Kitchen & Restaurant on the mezzanine level serves breakfast daily from 6-11 am featuring eclectic coffees by Illy and locally produced pastries, breads, tarts and breakfast cakes.
This is on top of a regular menu that has create your own omelet, waffles, pancakes, crepes, and eggs benedict, among others.
Meanwhile Longitude Bar + Restaurant located on the lobby level serves up French-inspired lunch and dinner dishes seven days a week.
Longitude is located near the Le Méridien Hub, offering different atmospheres during the day defined by music, lighting, and service.
Owned by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and managed by Viceroy Hotel Group under the umbrella of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the rebranding of Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has seen a transformation of the hotel’s 310 guestrooms, public spaces, and meeting rooms.
Executive Chef Thomas Ryan joined the hotel just eight weeks to help overhaul the hotel’s previous dining concepts.
“This hotel has a certain brand,” Ryan said. “Viceroy and its ownership have looked at the location and rebranded it appropriately to be competitive and to bring the building and its food and beverage operations into a new arena.”
As part of the Viceroy Group’s lifestyle brand, Ryan said its restaurant offerings reflect European simplicity.
“The operation here has a great lounge common area,” he said. “It doesn’t have a built restaurant per say – it’s much more of a casual meeting base. It’s smaller, simpler, and seasonal – all of the buzz words that go around.”
He said Zest Kitchen offers a light bright European café style breakfast arena.
“Since Le Méridien is part of the Starwood Brand, (Michelin-starred chef) Jean Georges Vongerichten has a presence here in the breakfast menu,” he said. “There’s a spiced oatmeal soufflé and spinach and herb buckwheat crepes, which are two signature items that come through the relationship with Jean Georges and the Starwood Brand.”
Ryan said Longitude Restaurant + Bar had been warmly received since opening.
“From a local’s standpoint, the versatility of a smaller, more intimate dining venue is much more susceptible to a regular restaurant where we can change the menu regularly,” he said.
Among the most popular dinner entrees is the Crispy Salmon (with eggplant caponata, cippolini onion, and citrus sauce), Filet Mignon (with Jerusalem artichoke puree, mushroom ravioli, and Madeira sauce), Parmesan Crusted Chicken “Under The Brick” (with ancient farro, swiss chard, roasted garlic, and natural jus).
Lunch is served daily from 11 am to 5 pm; dinner is served from 5 pm to midnight daily.
The Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica is located at 530 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.
For more information, visit www.lemeridiendelfina.com.