Cavatina, located inside the legendary Sunset Marquis hotel has opened.
The full service restaurant will feature interesting yet uncomplicated dishes prepared by renowned chef/restaurateur Michael Schlow. The Sunset Marquis is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the new restaurant is the perfect way to honour the property’s half-century of service.
“I’m a huge fan of Sunset Marquis,” said Schlow, enlisted to create the restaurant’s vision. “It is one of my favourite hotels in the world and the idea of being part of the food and beverage team and getting to cook with all of the beautiful products California has to offer, is a dream come true. We want to cook the foods and products that are local, then present them with a fresh and full flavoured approach. Mother Nature has done most of the work, all we need to do is add a little acid, salt, and chillies, to make the food sing.”
Sunset Marquis’ General Manager, Rod Gruendyke, was excited to unveil the new restaurant, and is particularly pleased that Schlow, a decorated chef and restaurateur collaborated on the project. Schlow, considered to be one of the most respected culinary professionals in the U.S. is equally excited for his first venture on the West Coast.
“In a town crowded with restaurant options, we are proud to present something truly unique into the culinary scene,” Gruendyke said. “No place celebrates the clean, simple flavours of California like we do at Cavatina; we’re so lucky to have a chef of Michael’s caliber leading the way.”
Dinner sets the bar high with a menu that is broken into four categories, offering guests snacks, a crudo section, small-plates, and entrees. Highlights include Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Lobster and Caviar; Beef Tongue with Lentils, Rosemary, and Salsa Verde; Crunchy Olives with Cabrales and Speck Powder; and Simply Prepared Mediterranean Sea Bass with Shaved Vegetables.
For lunch, Schlow and his team have prepared fresh, delicious salads, fantastic sandwiches, simple fish dishes, and Schlow’s award-winning burger.
Cavatina offers breakfast seven days a week, and continues the hotel’s tradition of a fabulous brunch on Sundays as well provide room service to the hotel and poolside dining. Cavatina’s décor is marked by lush landscaping and Mediterranean flair.
Schlow is proud to have teamed up with Sunset Marquis Executive Chef Roger Eggleston, charged with running the kitchen’s day-to-day operations. “Working with Roger has been perfect in every way,” said Schlow.
“He understands what is necessary for success, he’s creative, professional, yet has fun the whole time. Roger is a rock star in the making.”
Eggleston was previously with Montage of Beverly Hills, where he was instrumental in transforming Ten Pound, a scotch bar inside the Montage, into a true dining destination. Eggleston successfully staffed it and created and executed all of the menus. Previously, Eggleston worked as Executive Sous Chef at Bardessono in Napa Valley, working alongside Chef Sean O’toole whom recently went on to open Torc in Napa. Eggleston’s credentials also include working with three Michelin starred chefs Alain Ducase, Daniel Humm, and his mentor Christopher Kostow while at Campton Place whom went on to helm the kitchens of Meadowood.
“The combination of the musical history here and the food we’re creating makes the Sunset Marquis a very special place, truly unlike anything else,” said Eggleston.