Palihouse WeHo Introduces New Look, New Menu, and New Chef

Chef Mathew Woolf takes over the kitchen at the six-year-old restaurant

Six years ago, Palihouse West Hollywood opened its doors with a goal to give one of L.A.’s most popular neighborhoods some London chic. The French brasserie felt au courant at the time, and a minimalist patio was all the boutique hotel needed to offset tufted couches and faux taxidermy. Regulars and the ever-evolving West Hollywood crowd will be pleased to learn that the brand very quietly put the finishing touches on a surprising new update earlier this month.

Not only have the common areas and restaurant been updated and expanded, but new inside the Courtyard Brasserie kitchen is chef Mathew Woolf, who officially took over for chef Jonathan Peters in late December. Woolf began his culinary career at Claridges and the Ritz in London. (For fans of the royals, the chef’s resume also includes a stint cooking for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.) Woolf was most recently at Fig in Santa Monica and Gordon Ramsay’s Fat Cow at The Grove.

There are new dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The British chef’s new dinner menu features plates like roasted cauliflower with quinoa, barley and pickled romanesco; sticky ribs with balsamic glaze and spicy tomato chutney; diver scallops with fennel puree and sunflower and parsley pesto; and lamb sirloin with Moroccan jam, Greek yogurt and feta.

A longer and larger bar features an updated cocktail list. In-room dining is also handled by chef Woolf. Now softly open, Courtyard Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Weekend brunch begins February 23. Courtyard Brasserie, 8465 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood, 323-656-4100 or