The next highlight of our sister’s holiday was dining at Chateau Marmont. Not just once, but twice!If you’re not familiar with Chateau Marmont, it is a historic Hollywood landmark perched above Sunset Boulevard and its reputation as a place to misbehave, dates way back to the 1930’s where the “Motion Picture Code” was in full effect. This code allowed stars to behave in any manner they liked without scandal being reported to the press. Now, there have been a few scandals which have slipped through the cracks such as:
- John Belushi famously died of a drug overdose in one of the Chateau’s bungalows in 1982;
- Members of Led Zeppelin rode their motorcycles through the lobby one night;
- Jim Morrison from The Doors injured himself when he fell after hanging from a drain pipe;
- Lindsay Lohan checked into the hotel following her arrest for drink driving in 2007; and
- When Britney smeared her face with a plate of gourmet food, disgusted guests demanded she be removed from the premises forever. It’s been reported it takes a lot to be banned from the tolerant celebrity haunt, but in the midst of her year-long breakdown, Britney Spears succeeded.
Harry Cohn, head of Columbia Pictures stated “If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.” Don’t’ worry, my sister and I didn’t get into any trouble because we’re so sweet and innocent!
Our first visit to Chateau Marmont was for breakfast and apparently the Brioche French Toast was to die for (not literally though!). Upon arrival, we were directed towards a very discreet entrance and headed up a stairwell taking us into the reception area of the restaurant. The décor was beautiful and has been described as gothic glamour.
We were shown to our table outside in the alfresco area, sat down and we both casually look around the restaurant obviously taking in the “view” (aka celeb spotting!). My sister urgently whispers to me in a quiet voice “OMG, Channing Tatum is sitting directly behind us”! Damn it! I’m sitting with my back to him and am unable to turn around and have a good gawk because that would be just plain rude. So after sitting at the table for an excruciating five minutes, I casually get up from my seat and head towards the ladies, which is directly in the path of Channing’s table. I was able to take a quick peek at him and yes he is handsome in a Hollywood type of way. My sister was quite memorised by his eyes!Our breakfast arrived and I can confirm it was the best Brioche French Toast I have ever eaten. It was garnished in caramelised apples and all I can say is OMG. The meal wasn’t too expensive at $17.00 USD.
In order to prolong our stay at the restaurant, we order numerous cups of tea which worked in our favour as guess who saunters through the door with his shades on… Jeremy Renner.Jeremy played the role of Sergeant First Class William James in The Hurt Locker; a battle-tested veteran who arrives as a new team leader of a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in the Iraq War. He sat down with two men who had arrived earlier; one looked like a writer. Maybe he was discussing future movie plans. How exciting!
As we’re casually discussing our plans for the day, guess who walks through to the alfresco area now… Kevin Dillon!Kevin Dillon is Matt Dillon’s younger brother and is best known for his role as Johnny “Drama” Chase on HBO’s hit comedy series Entourage. We didn’t expect to see any celebrities, let alone three in the space of two hours. It was very Hollywood indeed.
A few days later, we were back at Chateau Marmont for lunch. This time we weren’t expecting any celebrity sightings as we thought our holiday pretty much peaked at breakfast. Oh no that was not to be. As we’re eating our lunch in a ladylike manner, who decides to roll in…. only Zach Braff! Zach is known for his role as Dr. John Dorian on the television series Scrubs. It looked like he was on a date with a beautiful, skinny blonde women who he just couldn’t take his eyes off.For lunch my sister ordered the Bass & Shrimp with Avocado & Garlic Lime Beurre Blanc for $31 which she stated was absolutely delicious! I ordered the Crispy Bass Sandwich with House Pickles, Tartar & Fries for $18. My meal wasn’t great as there was only a small amount of Bass in the sandwich; so a little disappointing. I have to say though; it was very difficult to eat skinny fries with a knife and fork; so much so I gave up and HAD TO LEAVE SOME FRIES ON MY PLATE….. In my world, this is unheard of…… You’re not eating your fries? Are you crazy?
We were previously advised while making our reservation a few weeks earlier, all patrons were asked to leave the restaurant by 2.00 pm as the hotel was holding a pre-party for the SAG Awards which was pretty cool. When we were leaving the hotel, people were setting up the area outside the hotel with a red carpet, barriers etc.; a real hive of activity.
Overall, I really enjoyed the time spent at Chateau Marmont, so much so that when I’m in LA again, I will be making a point of visiting. Initially I thought the staff were going to be a bit snotty and we may have felt a little uncomfortable but the experience was the exact opposite. The hostesses were friendly and the wait staff were extremely accommodating. The whole ambience of the restaurant and the hotel felt relaxed with a hint coolness to it.