Photos: Crazy New WeHo Joint Brings Out Nitrogen Cocktails & Toasters With Lobster Pop Tarts
Barton G is something that truly needs to be experienced. From the creative presentation of the dishes to the nitrogen cocktails, this hip and fancy West Hollywood restaurant will make you feel like a kid again.
This bougie joint fits in quite nicely on La Cienega Boulevard's Restaurant Row and comes by way of Miami from the mind of Barton G. Weiss, who is a designer, restauranteur and hotelier. His whole thing is for the 3,200-square-foot restaurant to tickle all of your senses—and we have to admit, he does a good job at it.
It's a gorgeous and girly restaurant (like somewhere you'd imagine the gals from Sex and the City dining together at in New York). Curtains drape throughout the space, there's a wall covered with live orchids in vials of water, and the comfy seating that lines the ways are decorated with fluffy pillows. And for the whole sensory part of it, if you feel under your table, it's carpeted with velvet, and the walls are covered in felt. (So if you've accidentally smoked a Jeffrey a la P. Diddy in Get Him To The Greek, you'll have an nice wall to stroke.)
LAist attended a preview tasting of the restaurant on Tuesday night and bee-lined to the 15-foot Pink Onyx Bar at the front of the restaurant. Drinks like the Sabrinatini, a martini made with orange vodka and watermelon liquor, employed the use of nitrogen instead of ice cubes to chill the drink. The bartenders warned us not to drink the martinis before the nitrogen melted because we'd otherwise burn our mouths because it was too cold. There was also a mini-popsicle on a stick that they dubbed "nitro-champagne swizzle stick" (which you're not supposed to put in your mouth) sitting in a bedazzled cup next to the drink, which both sat on a fancy picture-frame plate. The swizzle stick was something they suggested you stir into your drink in case you wanted an extra kick of alcohol. And oh, there was also a piece of chocolate shaped like a monkey hanging off the glass. It was incredibly over the top and fun to watch the martini glass fog up.
You can see it in action here:
While some of these type of drinks were more for show and a little bit on the sweet side (which I still recommend getting for the experience), I found myself enjoying their fizzy Moscow Mule or spicy Jala-Migo drinks more.
As for the food, some of the ways the dishes were presented in a way that made you feel like you were at a circus with childlike wonderment. If you order the Lobster Pop Tarts, which are flaky square pastries filled with chunks of lobster and Gruyere, they come to your table in a toaster. Popcorn shrimp over seasoned popcorn gets served out of those old-timey popcorn machines that again, gets brought to your table. Everything seems to come with their own dipping sauces. For an appetizer, you can order their The Boarnie Madoff Bucket Of Bones with beef and pork ribs, chicken drumette, lamb chops and a honey Gorgonzola dipping sauce.
And for dessert, you can imagine some of the same sort of unique table presentation. Giant chocolate eggs filled with goodies are coupled with a giant bobbing-headed chicken display. You can dip long sticks of churros that weave around like a cactus plant in little cups of spiced Argentinian hot chocolate. There's also this wild pink cotton candy display that comes out swirled on a mannequin's head like a bouffant.
While some of the dishes I tried were things I would get again and again (like the Lobster Pop Tarts, crispy kale chips, and churros), the allure of this place lies more in getting excited about being on a sensory overload.
Barton G is located at 861 N. La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, (310) 388-1888