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Beverly Hills Icon Gets a Nip/Tuck

November 01, 2012

Turning the big 3-0 makes one positively ancient in restaurant years, so few would deny Wolfgang Puck’s iconic Beverly Hills spot Spago was in need of a little sprucing.

But rather than opting for the odd subtle tweak, Puck went for the full facelift – undoubtedly a risky move considering the breadth of the landmark’s fanbase.

Fortunately, the sophisticated overhaul has proven a winner, hitting the right note between current and classic, and retaining the ingrained Spago feel within a thoroughly modernised space.

Accented with deep blues, greens and browns, the bright white, cool contemporary interior dreamed up by Soho House designer Waldo Fernandez is a far cry from the 80s-inspired power-diner setting of yesteryear.

Velvet banquettes and über-now art pieces (including a gigantic smashed iPhone) line the walls, ceiling-high glass dividers expose an in-room, 7,000 bottle-cellar and bustling open kitchen, and a there’s a loungey patio sure to be a hit with scene-sters and romantics alike.

Plate-wise, the fad gourmet pizzas are gone and in their place is an Asian-inflected modern Californian menu, where Colorado lamb chops and veal filet mignon tartar share pride of place with a whole Chinese roasted duck, xiao long bao (dumplings) and sambal-laden BBQ skate fish. Add in a cocktail list handcrafted by Puck’s chef and partner Lee Hefter, and this is one nip/tuck that’s left us cooing ‘darling, who does your work...?

176 North Canon Dr / Beverly Hills
6-10pm Mon-Fri, 5.30-10.30pm Sat /