Dinner Plans: Esterel

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Wild Alaskan halibut is one of the many South of France-inspired seafood dishes at Esterel.

Last month, the Sofitel Beverly Hills introduced Esterel, a new concept restaurant helmed by executive chef Marius Blin that focuses on fare inspired by the South of France. Combining the fresh flavors of fennel and saffron, and herbs like basil, sage, and thyme, the menu predominantly features Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes served in a chic, upscale environment.

Blin doesn’t just highlight straight-from-the-farm ingredients sporadically—his menu incorporates local ingredients from California purveyors like Mary’s Farm free-range chicken and El Monte California fresh burrata in as many dishes as he can. His commitment to healthy cuisine extends to the types of dishes offered, too. Diners can select from several vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, as well as a separate “de-light” side bar with calorie-conscious cuisine.

Consider starting your meal with one of Esterel’s wood-fired flatbreads, like the AIX, which features artichoke barigoule, pistou, bacon, and shaved goat cheese, or opt for selections from the soup, salad, and appetizer sections. Entrees include a wild Alaskan halibut, a sage-roasted lamb on the bone, and a grass-fed beef tenderloin with asparagus shavings, potato beet gratin, and bandol sauce, among others. Even after polishing off starters and a main course, there’s always room for Esterel’s pumpkin silken cheesecake. Flavored with persimmon and pomegranate, the dessert clocks in at only 167 calories.

Pair it all with a selection off their cocktail menu. Our pick is the Perrier Ace, which comprises Perrier, gin, cucumber, green apple, basil, and lime. Reservations are recommended and can be booked through opentable.com. 8555 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-358-3979