The Quick Pitch: The Royce, once home to Michael Voltaggio before he left to open Ink, has abandoned its haute-cuisine menu for a more populist – if just as pricey – approach, the better to attract those staying the night at the 106-year-old Langham hotel in Pasadena. (The entrance is off the lobby.) An American steakhouse in the contemporary L.A. style, it mixes surgically sliced international selections with a mix of starters both old school (lobster bisque) and new (warm kale salad).
The Insider’s Dish: Those missing David Feau, the talented French chef who’d most recently run the show at The Royce until he left in light of the surf-and-turf-minded conceptual revamp, can now be found cooking at downtown L.A.’s Le Ka.
The Must-Order Item: The Global Cut Tasting, a shifting trio of three-ounce cuts sourced everywhere from Pennsylvania to Australia.
The Industry Neighbor: For two weeks each January, during TCA, the Langham is stocked solid with television critics, network executives and talent.
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.6410