NEST at WP24

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NEST bar at WP24.

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NEST creamsicles.

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Szechuan Cucumbers.

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Matcha green tea donuts.

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Lamb chops.

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Prawn toast.

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NEST at WP24.

Once a space for either fine dining or pre- and post-dinner drinks, WP24—the Wolfgang Puck restaurant on the Ritz-Carlton's 24th floor—has reinvented its expansive bar area to create NEST. Here, hotel guests and visitors can stop by for both food and drinks, snacks or a full meal. It's the best of both worlds (one that conveniently offers a drop-dead gorgeous view of Downtown) and Chef John Lechleidner doesn't sacrifice flavor for everyman appeal. Pork belly "Bao Buns" ($12) are sweet and pillowy with a honey-garlic glaze, perfect for snacking on with a beer while watching a Laker game on one of NEST's stragetically placed flat screens. For something lighter, the Szechuan cucumbers ($6) are fantastic and provide the necessary crunch factor, while the Chinese pork crackling ($8) is a softer (yet still indulgent) version of the traditional snack (Chef Lechleidner uses a leaner part of the pork belly than most crackling-serving establishments). In the mood for more than snacks? You're in luck: pretty much every entrée is a hit. The Sambal sea bass ($31) served with an egg over coconut rice is fall-apart tender, while the Thai curry noodles with prawns ($26) is a fiery option for those who crave heat. Stick around for dessert, particularly the Matcha Green Tea donuts with a Yuzu cream dipping sauce—a gorgeous plate that, like NEST, is at once casual and upscale.

By: Erin Kuschner

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Venue name: NEST at WP24
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Address: The Ritz-Carlton
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles
90015
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-12am; Sun 5-10pm
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My experience at Nest was for a special event - the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. It was a great way to try a  variety of dishes at Nest and get a feel for the space. The decor is very sleek and clean with spectacular views. They way the event was laid out was various stations serving mostly roasted meats as well as an extensive dim sum collection. They served a special cocktail that night, resembling a Moscow mule, but with the Aisan twist of kaffir leaves. I enjoyed the fact that they kept is simple.


I especially enjoyed the dumplings and an unusual dish of seasoned sticky rice with vegetables, Chinese sausage and sea bream fish, topped with whitefish caviar. They whole thing was wrapped in a lotus leaf and steamed to perfection. 


All the roasted meat options provided traditional, solidly prepared dishes. I loved the super light dessert of made to order five spice donuts served with pipettes of berry preserves and chocolate sauce. They came in Chinese take out boxes, which just made me want to grab them to go. 


Chef Wolfgang Puck made an appearance during the live lion dancer entertainment. Overall, I would love to check out their regular menu and experience this upscale Chinese food again.