A little Pop Culture Word Scramble of the Day: "With great power comes great responsibility" (yes, quoting from that famous comic-spawned franchise) and with great responsibility comes a need to getaway from time to time. That I think is at the heart of Delphine's new Wing Nite Tuesday, brought to you by Chef Sascha Lyon. What better reason for a chef with NYC brasserie cred, a la Balthazar, Pastis, and the eponymous Sascha, now at the helm of a Mediterrenean inspired French restaurant at the W hotel, to create said escapist fare?
That said, these are definitely not your every day bar grub slap dash buffalo wings - they're made sous-vide, then flash fried for a crisp, light exterior.
Last Tuesday I was lucky enough to be invited to a media tasting to check out Chef Lyon's offerings - and was treated to the full gamut of wings from the classic to Asian-inspired flavors.
One of my favs (shocking, I know) was the Truffle Cheese Wings (all wings on menu are $4.50 per basket) - I know this was Chef Lyon's 'obligatory' wings for Los Angelenos who associate truffle with foodie, but I am not ashamed to be among the fans of these wings as they were pretty fantastic. The truffle oil was so fragrant I could smell the wings as our waitress approached the table, and I liked the light sprinkling of cheese atop the crispy outer shell, which gave way to the tenderest, juiciest meat.
Others at the table raved about the Honey Sriracha (basket came with a little syrup server of honey sriracha dip) but I thought it was too sweet with not enough heat. Other flavors sampled were BBQ Beer with Green Chili, Spiced Honey, Ranch Country and Delphine Red Hot. When asked for his favorites, Chef Lyon named: Honey Sriracha, Thai Curry, Spiced Honey and Truffle Cheese.
Also on the menu are two specialty cocktails as well as four beers, varying from $3 to $10 each. Of these, my favorite was Early Tea - though I kinda got so distracted by all the food that I didn't get a chance to write down what was in the drink!
To help digest and refresh, we received a round of Delphine's best salads from the regular menu to try - I of course really loved the Delphine Salad ($13 on regular menu) with escarole, red onions, walnuts, grana padano, and super fragrant lemon truffle vinaigrette.
Just when we thought we'd run out of stomach space, the chef kindly treated us to a round of desserts (each $9 from the regular menu)!
I loved the Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake with Hazelnut and Almond Cake, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Coffee Ice Cream, though the mousse was a little thick after the massive meal.
Next up was the Chilled Apple Risotto - Chilled Apple Rice, Caramel Apples, Salted Caramel Ice Cream. This was a cool concept that is beautifully plated - with ingredients that you can taste are market fresh.
All in all, a great time at Delphine, with tasty but low maintenance, fun to eat food in a lovely setting at a reasonable price. With Raw Bar Mondays ($1/$2 oysters on the half shell!) and now Wing Nite Tuesdays - there are many reasons and deals to ensure my return!
On a 7 point scale:
Flavor - 6 bites
Presentation - 5.5 bites
Originality - 5.5 bites
Ambience - 6 stars
Service - 6 stars
Overall experience - 6 bites
Price - $ (1 bite mark)
Probability of return visit - 100%
6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Wing Night Tuesdays
Raw Bar Mondays: 5pm-10:30pm throughout restaurant
Happy Hour daily: 5-7pm at the bar