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The Kress Restaurant

The Restaurant at The Kress

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Kress Restaurant Hollywood

Kress Restaurant Hollywood

Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
6608 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 785-5000
Hours: The Kress CLOSED in July 2011
Prices: $$$-$$$$
Parking: $20 Valet parking behind the building
Metro: Red Line to Hollywood & Highland, walk 3.5 blocks east, or 5 blocks west of Hollywood & Vine
Website: www.thekress.net
The Kress CLOSED in July 2011

The Kress Restaurant occupies the first and second stories of the old Kress department store building, which was more recently Frederick's of Hollywood, which moved across the street in 2007. I was really interested to see what the new owners have done with this classic Hollywood landmark.

The Asian Deco décor combines original art deco elements, like the ceiling, restored to its 1930s condition, the retro booth design and giant round mirrors, with pan-Asian accents like golden lions above the front entrance, and back lit geisha medallions around the central bar.

An inverse wedding-cake chandelier over the bar casts a red glow over the entire room. A mezzanine level overlooks the main room with a circular sushi bar as its central focus. Prime tables overlook the dining area below, and a not-so-private dining room behind a glass wall accommodates up to 12 at one large table.

The restaurant is only one element of The Kress, which also includes the Basement nightclub and the exclusive Rooftop bar open on the weekends, and a 3rd floor lounge used for special events or additional bar space as needed. Patrons at the restaurant get priority access to the Basement nightclub, but not to the Rooftop.

The Menu is Japanese fusion with world influences showing up in dishes like the Yukari Smoked Salmon Crispy Pecan Crepes, Tandoori Spiced Lamb Rack, Thai Beef Tamales and Kobe Beef Carpaccio. In addition to the fixed menu, there is the Chef's daily tasting menu with 8 courses for $100 (may vary), and the day's Bento Box selection with 5 appetizers for $25.

For Starters

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The Bento Box at The Kress Restaurant in Hollywood

Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
I'm not a huge sushi fan, so we ordered the Bento Box, a daily selection of 5 appetizers. Our Bento Box consisted of 2 Pulled Kurobuta (pork) Croquette mini sandwiches with chipotle mayo and blue potato chips; MomotoTaro Tomato, Albacore Tuna Salad, 2 Cold Lobster Shumai (Japanese tacos), 2 Softshell Wrapped in Prosciutto, and Ahi Poke with Fried elephant Garlic served in half a coconut.

I could have been satisfied with just my half of the Bento Box. The lobster tacos were quite tasty, and although I try to avoid fried food, the soft-shell crab tempura was too delicious to resist. The pulled pork croquettes were mostly potato with a hint of pork on a little bun.

We also sampled the Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio with tempura soft-shell crab on a platter that filled half the table.

Main Event

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Sizzling Wasabi Shrimp on a Rock at The Kress Restaurant Hollywood

Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
You can order some of the items from the chef's tasting menu a la carte, so we decided to try the medallions of veal with bitter chocolate, cranberry beans and creamy morels. We also ordered the sizzling wasabi shrimp on a hot rock from the regular menu. We enjoyed the veal, although I couldn't discern the individual flavors. I might have been disappointed by the lack of side dishes for the $32 price tag, but I was trying enough other things that for me it wasn't an issue.

However, the sizzling shrimp turned out to be the star of the show. The presentation was spectacular, with the wasabi sauce generating a nice cloud of steam as it bathed the shrimp and hit the hot rock. But it was the perfect savory blend of flavors that made this my favorite dish.

Afterglow

We didn't have room for dessert, but that didn't stop us from sampling the Vanilla Parfait with organic blueberry granite from the tasting menu. Of course, a taste wasn't quite enough. We pretty well finished it off before heading downstairs to the Kress Basement Nightclub.

Go to The Kress Nightclub Review

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. All prices and menu items are subject to change without notice.

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of this review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for review purposes. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our Ethics Policy.
User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Gross Food & Abusive Staff, Member redrose1972

My first time @Kress was a horrible experience. The food was tasteless & over priced. The drinks are tiny & super expensive. When I asked for my bill I noticed they were charging me for a lot of drinks that I didn't ordered. I guess they were hoping I was too drunk to notice. Please don't waste your time & money. I'd rather be anywhere else.

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