This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Nozawa Bar & Rooftop Pool Opens, Taylor Boudreaux Feeds Napa

NOW OPEN: Secret Sushi Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills
It feels like a speakeasy, only the highlight at the new Nozawa Bar is sushi. Weirdly, it’s a secret sushi restaurant in the back room of an existing sushi restaurant but with its own chef: Osamu Fujita. There are only two seatings at lunch and two seatings at dinner, so reservations are a must. And no need to fuss over a menu—there is none! It’s a true omakase experience, each course served simultaneously to everyone, and dishes like sashimi and hand rolls are based entirely on the day’s fresh market catch. 

Nozawa Bar (212 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills) is now open. Lunch is $130 per person; dinner $150 per person. To make a reservation, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 


MONDAY: London West Hollywood’s Rooftop Pool Opens to Public

After kicking off its fifth anniversary last week, the London West Hollywood has cooled its pool rules. Now, anyone (not just registered guests) can officially and legally throw on their thongs and lounge on the rooftop pool. Several intimate cabanas, sweeping city views, and a delicious Gordon Ramsey menu await. 


The rooftop pool at London West Hollywood (1020 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood) is now open to the public. To book a cabana or a guest room, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 


WEDNESDAY: Trefethen Family Vineyards at Napa Valley Grille

You may recognize the young executive chef Taylor Boudreaux as one of LA’s Hottest Chefs. Or maybe the fact he won the annual Tavistock Restaurant Group’s first Top Chef of the Year. Either way, he’s prepared an exclusive, four-course rustic menu for at Napa Valley Grille, paired with wines from Trefethen Family Vineyards, Napa region’s leading sustainable winegrower. You can eat well, see a hot chef, and get drunk on great wine. 


The four-course rustic menu is $75 per person and only available today at Napa Valley Grille (1100 Glendon Ave, Westwood). To make a reservation, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

GOOP Scribe Gywneth Paltrow Recommends Los Angeles

imageGwyneth’s latest newsletter over at Goop is all about Los Angeles. Born, bred, and made famous in the city of silicone, GP has a special fondness for the place — as she says “Los Angeles, with its bougainvillea, sea breezes, avocados and eccentric inhabitants, is like no other place and will always be in my soul.” Then she goes ahead and gets busy with recommendations. Let’s recap her top picks.

Hotels Shutters on the Beach Beverly Hills Hotel Hotel Bel-Air London West Hollywood

Restaurants Michael’s La Scala Presto Via Veneto Sushi Katsu-Ya Pizzeria Mozza Hamasaku Melrose Bar and Grill Chinois on Main Nate’n Al Mulberry Street Pizza Santa Monica Co-Op Caffe Luxxe Loteria Grill in the Farmers Market

It’s not a bad list. I agree with her about Shutters, Mulberry Street Pizza, and Mozza, but what about AK Restaurant? Or the Chateau? To see the whole list, with Gwynnie’s commentary, click here.