French Estérel @ the Sofitel for Romantic Courtyard Dining

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If you want French romantic dining next time you head to Los Angeles, look no further than Estérel, which is located inside the Sofitel Beverly Hills along Beverly Boulevard.

Esterel

Credit: Esterel

I’ve had countless French clients over the years, and whenever I’ve traveled with them, they’d often put me up at a Sofitel. We were thrilled to be invited to review Estérel during our Beverly Hills luxury escape and even more thrilled to learn that they had a romantic garden with heat lamps and live jazz music playing all night long.

Romantic Estérel 

Estérel is all things elegant and romantic. This upscale French-Mediterranean restaurant boasts incredible cocktails, however given that we were there during Sofitel Wine Days (which started on September 21 and runs until October 31, 2017), we opted for one wine pairing menu selection and one a la carte, so we could truly experience the best of what Estérel has to offer.  
The service is what you’d expect from a fine French dining experience — attention to detail, wine is of utmost importance and there are flowers and other fine touches throughout.
From the more sophisticated decor inside to the more romantic and warm colors of the outdoor patio, we loved it all.
While I didn’t try any of their Rose, I’ve heard good things about the Le Cengle from Cote de Provence, which they had on their menu.
From champagne to a decent selection of Pinor Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, French reds, Merlot, Chardonnay, French whites, and Sauvignon Blanc, there were plenty of delicious options by the glass as well as by the bottle.
The wine pairing menu which is part of their #SofitelWineDays promotion, they offered a four course menu with wine pairing for around $100. Their first course was a Mussels Cataplana, prepared with Shallots, Garlic, Chorizo (nice twist), tomato and chili flakes. They paired this with their Charles & Charles Art den Hoed Riesling which Anthony loved.
Esterel
Esterel
Their second course was the Endive and Apple Salad (great for gluten free diners), which they toss in a Balsamic Vinegar and serve with Point Reyes Blue Cheese and candied walnuts. It was paired with a Louis Jadot Bourgogne French Chardonnay.
Esterel
Esterel

Endive and Apple Salad with candied walnuts

The third course was a Tuna Putanesca with capers and black olives, accompanied by a 2014 Villa Nozzole Chianti Classico DOCG.
Esterel
The chocolate Mousse Pryamid came out last which consisted of Gianduja, chocolate sponge and white chocolate drops — it was simply divine! They paired this #SofitelWineDays dessert with the the Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Esterel
Because I opted to go a la carte so we could sample a variety of dishes to expand our knowledge of their menu, I went for the Tuna Tartar to start and paired it with the same French Chardonnay they used in their wine pairing menu: the Louis Jadot Bourgogne.
Esterel at the Sofitel
Esterel at the Sofitel
I had to try the Roasted baby beet salad with garlic toasted almonds (so delish!) which they tossed in a Sherry Vinaigrette. For my main, I kept things light and ordered the Seared Salmon which they prepare with French Beans (of course), Roasted red potatoes, cherry tomatoes and a Black Olive Vinaigrette.
Esterel
Esterel

Roasted Baby Beets Salad

Esterel
Esterel

Salmon with French Beans

Meat lovers will be happy to know that they offer a Lamb Rack on the menu, as well as a Filet Mignon with roasted baby squash and a burger. They also offer a half grilled lobster with fava beans and asparagus and a Mushroom Risotto for the vegetarians among you.
We also included Estérel in our Beverly Hills Food Guide, so be sure to check out our Guide for more delicious bites and treats in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area.
Esterel

The outdoor patio at Esterel late in the evening!

Would we return? You betcha! The ambiance, service and food were outstanding and we were given an added bonus of the live music down the hall. Bravo!

esterel at the sofitel

DETAILS:

Estérel
Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills
8555 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Their website has the latest and greatest as well as their menu.
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Note: we were hosted by the Estérel Restaurant but all opinions expressed are entirely our own.
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