Chateau Hanare

Chateau Hanare is one of our favorite restaurants of the moment. The restaurant was started by En Brasserie’s (a favorite of Yoko Ono’s) Reika Alexander in collaboration with The Chateau Marmont and Bungalows. Located adjacent to the iconic Hollywood hotel in a previously unused bungalow, this jewel box transports you to Japan with its outdoor patio decorated with hanging paper lanterns and bamboo, silk-screened paneled interiors and a custom-made Nakashima dining table.

This restaurant stands out for their fresh tofu which is made four times a night. Not only is it incredible in their soup, but it is also a must-have appetizer.

We highly recommend getting the “Kaiseki”, also known as a traditional multi-course meal, which you can choose between a vegan and non-vegan option. The vegan option starts with with their house made tofu topped with shaved black truffles. Other courses include vegetable tempura and savory udon. The non-vegan option includes black cod and washugyu beef. The Kaiseki menus, unlike the fare in Japan, are both generous and filling.

The bar offers elegant cocktails accented with shiso leaf, ginger and yuzu as well as an extensive list of sakes, shochus and whiskeys including tasting flights of each. Dessert menu ranges from sorbets to Soba Tea Brûlée and everything in-between.

 
  House-made Tofu Photograph: Jakob Layman

House-made Tofu
Photograph: Jakob Layman

 
 
  Sashimi  Photograph: Courtesy Chateau Hanare/Jakob N. Layman

Sashimi
Photograph: Courtesy Chateau Hanare/Jakob N. Layman

 
 
  Smoked uni toast Photograph: Courtesy Chateau Hanare/Wonho Frank Lee

Smoked uni toast
Photograph: Courtesy Chateau Hanare/Wonho Frank Lee