Cattle & Claw summer soirée

With so many vegan and vegetarian restaurants opening in the area, the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has decided to balance out the options with Cattle & Claw, a surf and turf eatery perfect for omnivores. Diners at this summer pop-up get to enjoy the best foods from the land and sea – lobsters and burgers – for lunch and dinner.

Cattle & Claw is a casual venue without a stuffy vibe, inspired by the London chain Burgers & Lobsters. You don’t need a reservation to sit out on the garden patio under twinkle lights while enjoying a rosé or craft beer with a lobster beignet or burger.

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Creative cocktails include margaritas in jar glasses.

Start with a festive lobster bloody mary. It’s made with lobster-infused vodka, homemade mix, lemon and tomato juice, and garnished with celery and a strip of bacon, and served in a glass jar. They also make a gin-based Tom Collins, refreshing Moscow mule, classic mojito with lots of mint, and a margarita with fresh lime juice.

For those who prefer beer, they pour five California beers including three different brews from Bear Republic, an Arrogant Bastard bourbon barrel-aged ale and Anchor Brewing’s Anchor Lager.

Oenophiles may enjoy with their burger a glass of Trinity Oaks cabernet sauvignon or Chateau Pey La Tour merlot. I found the Sacha Lichine rosé paired perfectly with a lobster roll topped with lettuce, tomato and a rémoulade sauce.

The night I dined with a group of friends, Chef Brandon Umemoto approached our table to explain the Cattle and Claw menu. On the Claw side he recommended we start with a plate of lobster beignets. They arrived in three perfect spheres that were placed on an artistic swirl of sunset orange colored lobster aioli.

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Chef Brandon Umemoto

Next, we ordered the crab salad with mixed greens and slices of cherry tomatoes. The salad was lightly tossed with salt and pepper, sprinkled with Champagne and tarragon vinaigrette, and topped with fresh lobster pieces.

Also on the “claw” side of the menu is a half or whole lobster that is poached and lightly grilled. It’s served with tarragon cream, mixed green salad and fries to round out the flavors.

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Crab salad at Cattle & Claw

Next, we moved on to the gourmet burgers served in three different sizes and layered with lettuce, tomato, onions, roasted red pepper and garlic mayonnaise. The baby burger is  delicious and affordable, at just under $10. They also make a 5-ounce and 10-ounce burger patty. Add a little bacon if you prefer or enhance it even more with pepper jack, blue or jalapeño cheese.

For something even more spectacular, guests can order a Cattle & Claw combination that arrives on a multi-layer seafood tower. The Cattle & Claw #1 is ideal to share with two or three people. It arrives with a 5-ounce burger, half of a grilled lobster, salad and fries. These fries, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, are seasoned with a sprinkling of salt or truffle oil for a delectable savory side.IMG_1656

Gather your family and friends for the Cattle & Claw #2 combo. It’s just the right amount of food for four or more. The tower arrives with two lobster rolls, two 10-ounce burgers, a whole grilled lobster, more fries and salad.

For a quintessential London-meets-Los Angeles dining experience, try Cattle & Claw before it closes for the winter.

$$.  Lunch is served from noon to 2 p.m., dinner is from 5 to 11 p.m. 8555 Beverly Blvd., (310)358-3979.

This article was featured in the May 31, 2018 issue of the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News.

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