For acclaimed executive chef Tony DiSalvo, a great meal is like a daydream. With this in mind, he infuses his creations with vivid flavor combinations that transport thoughts to sun-drenched beaches and open-air markets filled with fresh fish and olives. Today’s Reserve selection invites you and a guest to immerse yourselves in Whist Restaurant’s coastal Mediterranean reveries with a dinner that includes:
- A five-course seasonal tasting menu: possible course options include soup, salad, fish, meat, and dessert
- Two glasses of cabernet or chardonnay<p>
Beneath a canopy of palms on Whist’s outdoor patio, candlelit tables dot a smooth stone terrace. In the flickering golden light, couples sip gourmet wine and sample the season’s freshest fare, which chefs handpick from the Santa Monica farmers’ market located just one block away. Inspired by Old World recipes and DiSalvo’s mentor, Alsatian chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the five courses thrive upon inventive pairings, which range from scallops and cauliflower one day to saffron and almonds the next. Guests dining indoors immerse themselves in the Kelly Wearstler–designed dining room, where sunlight splays across emerald-and-cream chairs and dark leather booths line rich wood walls. Those who set their sights toward the kitchen may spot a familiar face, that of Chef de Cuisine Chris Crary, winner of Top Chef’s latest Fan Favorite award. After the feast has concluded, guests may bask in the scenery of the surrounding Viceroy Hotel, which teems with mod-inspired accents, such as clean lines, bold colors, and parka-adorned squirrels gliding by on scooters.