Former Fig Chef de Cuisine Takes Exec Spot at West Restaurant

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Matthew Woolf Photo: West

Matthew Woolf, the former chef de cuisine at Fig at The Fairmont, is now working as the executive chef at West Restaurant and Lounge, the rooftop hideaway hidden atop the rounded Angeleno Hotel, poised where the 405 meets Sunset Blvd. A cook since childhood in his native England, Woolf took the top toque position in August, but only just released his revamped menu this week. Want a look?

West Pig Cheek

Woolf's braised pork cheek on crispy potatoWest

If you love Fig like we do, then the menu shouldn't be too hard to translate. Woolf is all about keeping it hyper-fresh, sustainable, and still aggressively meat-centric, balancing ethereal produce with fierce cuts. First courses include a foie gras pumpkin soup, lamb ribs curry, and a crispy egg with bacon jam, while salads merge persimmon with manchego, duck cracklings with gem lettuce, and baby beets with goat's milk.

Mains include stuffed quail with chantarelles and a lobster mac with parmesan foam, while the bottom screed on the menu (very reminiscent of Fig's own in-season produce listings) offers the latest news on what's been "picked" and what's "still growing," accentuating the locals-only stance.

See Woolf's full new dinner menu below.

West's New Menu

first
pumpkin soup
foie gras, crouton 11

chefs creek oysters
garlic, chorizo 14

lamb ribs
curry, pears 13

crispy egg
bacon jam, arugula 9

braised pork
crispy potato, apple, mustarda 12

leek tart
herb salad, white wine dressing 11

domestic cheese
olive bread, grape jam 17

charcuterie
pickles, mustard 16

salad
roasted baby beets
orange, goat milk, olive oil 11

little gem
duck crackling, prune vinaigrette 8

persimmon salad
grapefruit, mint, manchego 11

brentwood salad
vegetables, fruit from the local market 10

heirloom tomato
burrata, arugula, radish 12

main
pork belly
honey, shallots 24

lamb
eggplant, tomatoes, peppers 27

short rib
radish, shallot, parsnips 26

stuffed quail
chanterelles, pancetta, brussels sprouts 28

squash
tortellini sage, maple syrup 21

lobster
macaroni parmesan 28

halibut
carrot, vanilla, clams, scallion 28

skate
capers, lemon, brown butter 24

flank steak
cipollini onion, red wine jus 26

sides
cauliflower pine nuts, raisins 9
broccoli ginger, ponzu 9
kohlrabi chestnuts 11
kale fennel, chili 9
parsnips honey, horseradish 9

Just picked
apples
squash
kale
naval oranges
pumpkin
parsnip
kohlrabi
persimmon

Still growing
kiwi
nettles
mandarin
pea greens
artichoke
snap peas
avocado
tangerines