red | seven by wolfgang puck
The other day, I enjoyed lunch at red | seven restaurant in West Hollywood. Located in the Pacific Design Center (blue building), it's one of Wolfgang Puck's restaurants.
I have so many memories of the Pacific Design Center. Oh no. Not what you think... I was definitely not shopping there with an interior designer (non-profit salary = garage sales & Ikea). But my former workplace, Project Angel Food held an annual fundraiser called Divine Design in the PDC (they still have it every December, but the location has changed). We received donated fashion and furnishings and sold it at discounted prices. My co-workers and I (you know who you are Safe Cozy and Zipper Friend) were in the PDC for days on end - setting up for the special event, training volunteers, selling merchandise and carrying walkie talkies all day (this was 17-18 years ago and no one had cell phones). Before that, I was in the PDC volunteering for The NAMES Project: AIDS Memorial Quilt exhibit. Sorry to go take you on a stroll down memory lane when all you really want to hear about is my lunch...but the PDC holds very different memories than most, and they don't involve $10,000 foot stools.
Anyway, back to lunch! It was my first time at red seven and I really enjoyed it. It's only open for lunch M-F.
There were several people at lunch and they indulged me in taking photos with my cell phone and the VSCO Camera app for Android. I've trained my friends and family well. :)
Here is what we had:
The balsamic reduction is delicious in this rich olive oil.
rice gnocchi, stir fry vegetables, miso aioli (i scratched the aioli) $16
This was my meal and it was very good. The menu had "rice gnocchi" and I didn't know what that was...turns out it is mochi or rice cake slices (you can find them in Chinese and Korean cuisine). What? A combo of salmon, miso and my favorite mochi? Deliciousness.
red | seven Burger
cheddar cheese, pickles, bacon, remoulade, brioche bun, with fries $16
Two of the guys got this. They said it was tasty but the "medium" they ordered was more on the "medium rare" side. The choice of sides include fries, sweet potato fries, or a mix. I'd like to try the sweet potato fries one day. I'm a sucker for them. The bun is brioche and I told them about making brioche - and discovering it's just a butter delivery device. But don't worry, one of the guys ran a 5K obstacle course over the weekend so he already worked it off. :) (And that was a completely random "review" of the burger)
Turkey Cobb Salad
with avocado, egg, bacon, tomato, blue cheese, balsamic $12
Lovely presentation on the cobb salad and a perfect portion for lunch.
Quinoa and Beet Salad
goat cheese, orange, arugula, pistachio, citrus dressing $15
Tuna Salad Sandwich
avocado, smoked bacon, rustic roll, with fries $14
The restaurant wasn't crowded on a Monday for lunch, and the decor is subtle and relaxing. The wait staff was super friendly too.
If you are in West Hollywood, try the red seven restaurant. It's in the PDC, which is across the street from the beautiful new West Hollywood Library - you should definitely go to the second floor and see a great view of the Hollywood Hills. (My plug for libraries of the day - Done.)
Pacific Design Center
West Hollywood, California
Monday-Friday for Lunch