Despite being open for only 15 months, Somni is awarded two Michelin stars. Led by Chef Aitor Zabala with Chef José Andrés, the SLS Beverly Hills restaurant celebrates the honor as well as the Michelin Guide’s return to Los Angeles after a decade.
“It’s a celebration not only for Somni but also for Los Angeles, the state of California and all of the diversity we have here. LA is known for its diverse culture, art and design; our food scene also deserves to be recognized on a global scale and Michelin is certainly going to help do that,” says Chef Zabala. “For us, it’s a great recognition of the team’s hard work and more responsibility to continue doing what we’ve been doing up until now.”
As creative director of the West Coast’s ThinkFoodGroup, Chef Zabala implements his unorthodox approach to fine dining. In order to diminish the barriers between chef and server, Somni features a singular service model with a 10-seat chef’s counter. Each chef prepares more than 20 courses and presents them to each guest while also taking care of their every need. The courses can be paired by a wine from Somni’s three category scale or an Illusion pairing, the restaurant’s non-alcoholic beverage made from local grapes and infused with herbs, spices and fruits.
“The focus on design, F&B, and genuine sense of service makes SLS Beverly Hills the perfect destination for local and visiting food enthusiasts. Hopefully, the return of the Michelin Guide will only further strengthen that perception and help us share that exceptional culinary experience now that the spotlight is on Los Angeles,” says SLS Beverly Hill’s General Manager Christophe Thomas.
Guests are invited to experience Somni’s unique take on luxurious dining with a seat at the chef’s counter priced at $265 per guest and wine pairings for an additional $175 per guest. Tickets for the month become available at 10 a.m. PST on the first Monday of that month.