Chic meets earthy elegance in the intricately designed new home of notorious and elite Hollywood hotspot, Hyde Sunset Kitchen & Cocktails by SBE. Situated in the heart of West Hollywood on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights, sits the famous structure which has been home to several other famous names as well.
Approaching the entrance will give you an intimidating yet VIP feel as you are greeted by a team of sophisticatedly dressed beauties waiting to check you in and escort you inside. Dinner reservations or your name on the guest list is required, so be sure to sort that out ahead of time to avoid confusion and embarrassment. Walking in on the warm, wooden slated flooring gives the feel of a tropical resort in Bali, and paves the way past the long narrow lounge area to the right, and several sets of closed, curtained doors to the left. What’s behind the curtains? An exclusive lounge that will only open from 10pm – 2am Thursdays through Saturdays after the rest of the restaurant closes, but for select people only. These select people are the “well-knowns” of Hollywood, and friends of the dominators of the hospitality industry – SBE.
Top Chef’s Chris Creary is Hyde’s head chef
We were seated at one of the most favorable tables in the semi-open aired dining area, which offered a panoramic view of the whole room. To the left was an actual view of Sunset Blvd. while to the right, an edgy painting of the Hollywood Hills skyline stretched across the entire wall as if it were an exact replica. The décor is an eclectic mixture of Arabian Nights meets upscale Hollywood, with tables set up for maximal social interaction.
The menu exhibits SBE’s signature trend of exotic mixology cocktails and tapas style dishes that are meant to be shared amongst the table, and are created by none other than Top Chef‘s Chris Creary. Although I’m typically a wine enthusiast, I opted for The Love Unit – a cocktail made with Absolut vodka, vanilla vodka, freshly pressed lime and grapefruit juice, fresh basil, freshly extracted red bell pepper juice, and simple syrup that was so delicious that I ended up having three, plus a hangover in the morning.
While the average restaurant go-er might have several questions about some of the items on the menu (i.e. “Sweetbread” – that’s actually a gland, not a bread, and considered a delicacy), the delightful and knowledgeable staff is more than happy to accommodate any answers needed regarding Creary’s creations. My favorite dish was the Charred Broccolini with walnut romesco, burrata, and roasted tomato, followed by the Local Black Cod with miso cauliflower puree, kumquat, and puffed rice, and of course the Crispy Brussels Sprouts with almonds, dates, and honey are always a group favorite.
My “Bon Voyage” party at Hyde
After dinner we were led past the warm-glowing bar and through the heavy black curtains that separate the dining area from the exclusive lounge that is promised to be the “SBE version of Soho House“. Although it looked like a posh and pretty lounge seeing it for the first time empty, going back a few days later when it was open fulfilled the hype about it.
As the clock struck 10pm Saturday night, the venue transformed into a completely different scene when the heavy floor-to-ceiling curtains were drawn back and the space was converted into a thriving lounge and bar area. Cocktail tables were set up in a double square perimiter, with a DJ booth against the back wall flanked by two more tables on either side. There was a familiar face at every table, all dressed to the nines whether they were there for a birthday, a night out with friends, or a Bon Voyage send off to Africa, Thailand, and Australia (for me). It was definitely the place to be as I’m sure it will continue to be.
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