There is no breakfast like a luxury hotel breakfast, whether you’re actually on vacation or not. And for a luxury hotel breakfast around here, it’s hard to beat Ardor, chef John Fraser’s vegetable-focused restaurant at the West Hollywood EDITION. Dinner is an expansive journey from the raw bar through the farmers market and down into the charcoal grill, but breakfast is a much lighter affair. The menu is short but precise, with egg dishes and light bites and perfect baked goods. Fraser’s deft touch with produce is on full display in the Forest Mushroom Omelette, the Fig French Toast with fig jam, and the Avocado Toast, which comes with seeds, jalapeño, and a showering of fresh herbs. In their elegant hands you’re going to feel pampered as hell, just remember that unless you’re staying at the hotel it remains BYO bathrobe.
Ardor’s lush green interiors and jungle vibes are an indication of what you can expect to find on the vegetable-forward menu, thoughtfully crafted by chef John Fraser. The menu is Fraser’s love letter to vegetables, although that’s not all you’ll find here. Order the Milk Bread with beefsteak tomatoes and Yellowfin Tuna Tartare to start, and then work your way through the copious vegetable options like Tandoor Carrots with eggplant and hummus and Raw Cauliflower Cacio e Pepe. For mains, the Greek Orata imported from Greece and Lamb Cooked Under are great options, or go big with the Tomahawk Steak for Two. Pair your meal with a drink from the inventive, produce-heavy cocktail menu and don’t forget to save room for the Gooseberry Phyllo Pizza with 25-year-aged balsamic for dessert—but note that you’ll have to pre-order it when you start your meal.
How to book: online.
The WeHo EDITION’s signature restaurant, Ardor, is helmed by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, who’s created a vegetable-centric menu featuring California fare—try the fluffy milk bread, cauliflower cacio e pepe, onion rings with umami powder, and of course, the gooseberry phyllo pizza dessert. Inventive and playful cocktails dot the menu, including non-alcoholic choices like the Canary, which features the distilled non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip, yuzu, and matcha cordial.
How to book: online.