Best of the Best 2011: Dining: WP24

Wolfgang Puck’s star is not fading anytime soon. The Spago founder is dominating downtown Los Angeles’ fine-dining scene with WP24 (213.743.8800, www.wolfgangpuck.com) at the city’s new Ritz-Carlton hotel. Tall wraparound windows frame a glorious view of skyscrapers from the 24th floor. There is nothing like it in the city, but the food may just trump the view. Puck and his longtime right-hand chef, Lee Hefter, show off their take on high-end Asian cuisine informed with French techniques and California bounty. The menu is mostly Chinese, with a nod to Southeast Asia: rich bites of shrimp toast, swatches of suckling pig in housemade plum sauce, whole French wild sea bass cooked in a salt-and-lemongrass crust, and Peking duck served with all due ceremony, with the sautéed liver slipped into tender steamed buns. The service is some of the best in town, and the wine list includes a large selection of Rieslings, Grüner Veltliners, and Vouvrays that make the intricate flavors sing.

Read Next Article >>
Entry to the Super Bowl Culinary Kickoff is available with exclusive access to the big game…
Photo by Meg Smith
The temporary eatery will serve “refined country-club” dishes and take reservations through March 2…
The six-seat booth provides an intimate meeting place in the nation’s capital and has its own...
Photo by Noah Fecks + Paul Wagtouicz
This era of the butcher-as-artist has produced a new masterpiece: the tomahawk cut. This monumental...
Photo by Lila Photo
The eighth annual festival will include dinners, cocktail parties, tastings, and more…
The winner of the competition is given the opportunity to study under a master chef…
Photo by John Farrell
The high-end restaurant chain has opened its 11th location, providing surf-and-turf fine dining...
Click to see which up-and-coming chef has been named our new Culinary Master for 2015…
The food and hospitality staple of California wine country is hosting 12 holiday charity dinners in...
Dining tables are overtaking gambling tables as Sin City’s hottest spots…