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Gordon Ramsay adds Boxwood Cafe to London West Hollywood restaurant

October 28, 2009|Jessica Gelt and Jerry Hirsch

Gordon Ramsay has opened an informal addition to the London West Hollywood, just inside the front dining room of his eponymous fine-dining restaurant.

It's called Boxwood Cafe by Gordon Ramsay and it features a streamlined menu of simple comfort fare created using seasonal ingredients and local produce. Prices are lower too, with the average entree hovering around $16. Executive chef Andy Cook helms both restaurants.

Boxwood serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes organic egg dishes, waffles, hot cereal, fruit and yogurt for breakfast; and pizettes and salads alongside more involved dishes such as sake miso-marinated Pacific black cod, steak au poivre with pommes frites and baked artichoke tarts for lunch and dinner. There is also a list of wine and beer with a focus on California microbrews and vintages.

Boxwood Cafe had an unannounced "soft opening" Oct. 12 and opened officially a week later.

Although Ramsay sold Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood to the hotel's operators in March, he remains "100% involved" with it and now with Boxwood, say reps for the restaurant. Ramsay operates another Boxwood Cafe in the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 358-7788.

Lower calorie count

People are consuming fewer calories at many New York fast-food restaurants. The mean number of calories purchased per customer has decreased at nine of 13 fast-food or coffee chains, according to a study presented Monday by researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The study found that the decreases were statistically significant at four of the chains: McDonald's, KFC, Au Bon Pain and Starbucks. People purchased more at four other chains, but the study's authors said there was only one chain -- Subway -- where the increase was statistically significant.

-- Jessica Gelt and Jerry Hirsch

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