11/27/2012 01:00:00 PM

Caulfield's Gets Overhaul at the Thompson Beverly Hills

After only about a year, Laurie Mulstay and Ron Marino reconceptualized Caulfield's at the Thompson Beverly Hills. Well, a smidge. The room lost its flora-painted walls and Algonquin-inspired murals in lieu of a 1930s industrial-meets-Art Deco vibe with a marble-top communal table, leather arm chairs, and antique mirrors and light fixtures. The new design comes courtesy Heather Ashton, the creative director for HD Buttercup, so if you like something you see at the restaurant chances are good you might be able to find it at the Helms Bakery showroom.

Mulstay and Marino, who also own Magnolia, Bar Chloe and The Bar, brought in chef Stephen Kalt to rejigger the menu, which still features Americana classics with a twist. Kalt hails from New York mostly, having worked at Spartina and Le Cirque, among other high-profile spots. Because it's the hotel's restaurant, you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a weekend brunch menu coming soon. There's everything from rice porridge with hazelnuts, wild mushrooms and a golden runny egg or smoked steelhead trout in a jar for daytime eats, to acorn-fed pork with roasted pears and brussels sprouts leaves or a binchotan charcoal-grilled wagyu beef burger for dinner. The cocktails skew towards the classics, and the wine list is kept simple and approachable (9360 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-388-6860).


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