It’s been 16 years since designer Kelly Wearstler and her husband, Brad Korzen, first reconceived the mid-century Beverly Carlton Hotel on Olympic Boulevard as the Avalon, and the sparkling figure-eight shaped pool still looks inviting enough for Marilyn Monroe, who lived there for a time in the 1950s. Several restaurants have opened at the Avalon during that time, but the intimate hotel’s brand-new restaurant, Viviane, may be its prettiest yet.
Modern Continental is the theme of the poolside eatery that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoors, Wearstler has combined cool tones of blue and with notable mid-century furniture finds to create a soothing aquatic vibe. Outdoors, secluded nooks surrounding the pool are the perfect spot for ordering cocktails and “elevated snacking” bites like the supple, zippy pastrami-cured smoked salmon tartine with ricotta.
Former Faith and Flower chef Michael Hung puts fresh, seasonal touches on classic French dishes like shellfish boudin blanc and duck breast paired with duck confit. Anyone who hasn’t ordered a Cosmo since Samantha was dating Mr. Big will be surprised by Viviane’s well-balanced version, made with house-made cranberry cordial. At brunch, try lemon ricotta pancakes or corned shortrib and cherry tomato hash.