Superchef Michael Mina and partners give an old Sunset Strip nightclub a glitzy makeover by über-designer Philippe Starck; it combines stainless steel, marble, and polished wood to arrive at a 21st-century urban château. Here diners select from a menu of intriguing, globally inspired but classically prepared small plates to create indulgent tasting menus. Consider dishes like crispy nuggets of pork belly with cashew puree, or duck breast paired with foie gras and lavender-honey
jus. Generally just a few bites each, dishes are elegantly presented. Inventively composed cheese courses and desserts make lasting final impressions. A vegetarian counterpart is available for every menu selection. Truly ambitious diners opt for a taste of all 35 items, a culinary marathon priced at $250.