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Golden Age Glam

June 06, 2016

Luckily for carb-cravers, new LA restaurant Paley isn’t part of the protein-powered paleo movement. This dreamy destination eatery is actually named after William S. Paley, former CEO of famed CBS Studios, which once occupied this landmark 1930s building.

It’s a feast for the eyes, with curvy, minimal lines designed by original architect William Lescaze to house Columbia Broadcasting System in a complex dubbed Columbia Square. Paley helped usher in the Golden Age of Hollywood with his roster of music stars, but today the action’s taking place on the plate, updating Hollywood’s culinary glamour.

Just as Paley revolutionised radio, this smart 225-seat resto, by hospitality group Plan Do See, hopes to offer legendary Californian cuisine in a seductive mid-century-modern setting. Local design firm Bishop Pass is responsible for the luxurious interiors, which team sink-in-soft brown leather banquettes with chic white and yellow seats and dark oak tables. The architecture radiates confidence, with light pouring in from floor-to-ceiling windows, smooth concrete columns, pale marble counters, retro-graphic lighting and gleaming brass details. Perforated metal walls are reminiscent of old-school radio microphones.

A champion of Cali’s farm-to-table movement, chef Greg Bernhardt (Church and State) serves up elegant, seasonal eats, from raw seafood starters to palate-pleasing mains (seabass with yuzu nage). With a dining room, cocktail lounge and patio, plus copious New World wines, there’s no reason to leave.

6115 Sunset Blvd / Hollywood / +1 323 544 9430 / lunch Mon-Fri, brunch Sat-Sun, dinner daily /