December 21, 2019
Marie Antoinette Meets Californian Vaquero at a Culinary Steakhouse
The 71st floor of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown tells an unexpected love story between infamous Marie Antoinette and a Californian Vaquero, set in Michelin Guide recommended, La Boucherie. The tale begins at the crystal bar with a glowing pink glass beacon inspired by Marie Antoinette’s shimmering jewels, with matched glassware and mirrors that are backlit by the hotel’s Autopian inspired chandelier. Here guests can enjoy unique mixology drinks and amber vintage scotches while sitting on jewel-toned mohair sofas that are an interpretation of Marie Antoinette’s Chaperone chair that were designed for courting couples to relish in.
The dining area flaunts a thoughtful play off the hall of mirrors at Versailles blended with an indicative Southern California charm with a relaxed, grey washed finish. Guests are greeted with contrasts of pink mohair, tufted upholstery and brass hardware alongside charred wood and saddle leather accents. The reimagined dishes grace the meat-centric menu and can be seen as ‘mis-en-place’ given the feminine fashion of the overall decor. Premium steaks, in addition to first-rate seafood sourced from around the globe are offered and can be enjoyed over an extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
Private dining is available and can only be accessed through an impressive glowing wine tunnel featuring up to 1,200 silhouetting bottles floating from floor to ceiling. This leads to semi-private booths with stunning views of the city and exquisite Atelier, a lavish exposed kitchen offering a full view of the preparation underway; insights to the glazed refrigerated cheese case displaying California and French cheese selections that also line the path to one of two private dining rooms.
The bathrooms are an experience of their own with separate DNA of both characters. Upon entering the men’s bathroom, a dark mood conveys a rough-hewn cowboy atmosphere. Highlighted with views overlooking the north-west hills and a toilet room that features a high contrast and bright blue California sky ‘Vaquero’ graphic. This moody palette includes a combination of wood paired with copper, tile that emulates rusticated blackened plywood and bare bulbs hanging off brackets. In contrast, the ladies room is a cheeky twist on Marie Antoinette inspired elements, with parquet flooring and a hall of mirrors reminiscent of Versailles. Toilet rooms feature bright jewel tone colors inspired from Marie Antoinette’s gowns. The main powder room is flanked by a reinterpretation of table mounted porcelain sinks; and a vanity that is situated at the window and accompanied by a chaperone chair covered in chinoiserie fabric, a favorite of Marie.
As the perfect venue for an elegant private party, romantic anniversary dinner, birthday celebration, or for a classy dinner before a night out on the town, the upscale steakhouse displays the essence of each character in a careful balance of masculinity and femininity and where California desert meets French opulence.