Baltaire, an ultra-luxe new steakhouse by the team behind Coral Tree Cafe, Red Room Food & Wine Bar and Comoncy coffee boutique, is now open in Brentwood. Think dark wood, plush leather armchairs, white marble countertops and a lounge with a fireplace.
Executive chef Travis Strickland, who has worked at Chicago Cut Steakhouse and The Local Chicago, will cook all the restaurant's meats on an imported French Montague broiler. Cuts include A5 Japanese Wagyu, porterhouse for two, 35-day, dry-aged cote de boeuf and more.
On the menu will be a seafood platter with king crab, shrimp, oysters and Maine lobster; and a Dover sole fileted and deboned tableside in French copper pans.
There's also a Greek salad prepared tableside and a shaved vegetable salad with beets, carrots, blue cheese and citrus vinaigrette on the lunch menu.
The beverage program, curated by beverage director and sommelier David Vaughn (formerly of Osteria Mozza), includes more than 30 wines by the glass and more than 450 half bottles, full bottles and magnums. Cocktails include the Baltaire Julep, made with a guest's favorite base spirit, and the Sangre y Arena, featuring Illegal mezcal, Cherry Heering, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and orange juice.
There's also a selection of rare single malt scotches and imported craft beers.
The restaurant features a 68-seat dining room, fireside lounge, baby grand piano [for live music performances] and a 2,500-square-foot outdoor terrace.
Baltaire is open Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
11647 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (424) 273-1660, www.baltaire.com.
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