The overhaul of Robertson Plaza is off to a great start. In addition to a Blue Bottle Cafe, the space also now boasts a chic new eatery. The former site of The Newsroom is now occupied by The Henry, an elegant all-day dining locale and watering hole (that could be interpreted as an “all-day watering hole,” which would be entirely too self-revealing…).
Located on Robertson Boulevard, across the street from The Ivy, the new joint will draw a sophisticated, upscale dining crowd from the posh neighborhood, and probably a few upskirting paparazzi, as well. It will likely also attract food lovers from around the city, particularly for brunch, when crosstown movement is — well, that’s a crock, who am I kidding — but when nobody’s in a rush to get back to work, anyway.
The menu is decidedly modern American, showcasing the bounty of Southern California produce, and specializing in tender meats. The Short Rib & Spring Pea Ravioli, for example, encapsulates both in a single dish. The tender, braised short rib is the perfect accompaniment to the most beloved veggie of the season, the Spring pea. There’s only a few hours in which the mashed Spring pea will keep its verdant hue before it begins to brown, so it’s something of a “canary in a coal mine-” type dish, and The Henry’s looks and tastes fresh from the pod.
I expect the hand-carved rotisserie French Dip (with turkey or Prime Rib) to be the signature lunchtime dish (you know, that and three martinis). While the must-try appetizer, perfect for brunch, is smoked Norwegian salmon, served atop a potato hash brown, with creme fraiche and arugula. Enjoy it with a chilled glass of Champagne (and the delightful company of a brunch-loving food writer, if you really want the ideal pairing).
The cocktails, meanwhile, are a testament to liquor love, with a baker’s dozen house specialties. While there are some fad faves — the blackberry bramble seems an overly adoring homage to the juice craze — there are also a few updated classics, like the Boulevardier, made with Eagle Rare 10-year bourbon, Campari, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, and clove bitters. There’s also an upgraded G&T and a strawberry Sidecar, among other standards.
120 N. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048