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Mes Amis

When it comes to exciting dinners in Hollywood right now, one doesn’t need to look far: between Mother Wolf, Grandmaster Recorders, Ka’Teen, Cabra, Ardor, and Bar Lis, this neighborhood has more big, shiny attractions than any place else in the city. The newest kid on the block is Mes Amis, a swanky French brasserie that’s here to fill the Bon Temps-sized hole in your heart (a now-closed spot from the same  chef). It’s a hotel restaurant attached to the Hyatt Thompson, a fact they try to obscure with unmarked doorways and a separate entrance… but why? Mes Amis might be one of the best hotel restaurants in LA. There are black-and-white photographs of a young Brigitte Bardot, wrought-iron chandeliers, and plush green velvet seat cushions. The space is divided into two levels a half-step apart, which creates a nice flow and room to people-watch. Some things we loved—like a black truffle risotto laced with Ibérico ham that’s decadent and wonderfully salty—and others we didn’t, like the needlessly complex mackerel sashimi covered in baby vegetable escabeche, or the winding stroll through the hotel lobby you have to take to get to the bathroom.

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