Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, PUMP Lounge is one of the most popular scenes in Los Angeles.
The former parking lot turned garden paradise celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. It is no surprise the venue is such a hit—hospitality mogul and Bravolebrity Lisa Vanderpump is the cuisine and cocktail connoisseur behind the restaurant.
BravoTV.com got an exclusive inside look and taste of PUMP Lounge’s offerings for summer of 2015. We sat down with Lisa and her executive chef, Derick, for her 5 Must Try Summer items at PUMP Lounge.
Papaya With Crab
“The first must try item is the papaya with crab. I hate to brag but I just have to a little bit—it is my recipe. It has a spicy crab and shrimp with a light mayonnaise in a fresh papaya on a bed of lettuce,” says Lisa, with a grin. Chef Derick adds, “People love that these recipes come from Lisa. People like the style of our cuisine—its healthy.” Healthy, delicious and crafted by Lisa— we are in!
Ahi Tuna Tartare
“Another must try appetizer is our tuna tartare. It is served with wonton chips and pomegranate seeds. I have always said that you can judge the standard of the cuisine of a restaurant by the tuna tartare. Ours is second to none,” states a stern Vanderpump. Chef Derick says, “Everyone loves the tuna tartare because of all the protein.” Fruit and fish are the perfect combination to keep that summer body looking fierce.
“For a main course, our salmon is a must try – it is really delicious,” says the British stunner. Chef Derick walks us through the dish, “We have baby organic arugula as the base. We have light fried brussel sprouts with pine nuts and raisins. We have a mango dressing with roasted pistachios – it tastes great.” We couldn’t agree more – a divine dish.
The Pink Rose
“All of our desserts are specially made for PUMP. The must try is The Pink Rose it is very pretty,” offers Lisa. “The Pink Rose is a great dessert. It is a layer of cake, chocolate mousse, white chocolate, and a pink chocolate rose on top,” adds Chef Derick. Lisa Vanderpump and pink? Who would have guessed?
“The next must try is the Mediterranean board. It is just a beautiful mixture of hummus, different spreads, olives, pita bread – it’s beautifully prepared. It’s very visual.” Ms. Vanderpump continues, “I enjoy having a glass of LVP Sangria with fresh fruit with the Mediterranean board. “ This dish quickly transports your palette to France—and the sangria is the perfect compliment. With a kitchen open daily until 2 am—this is the perfect pick for late night nosh.
PUMP Lounge has something for everyone on the menu—including Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. The starlet made The Pumptini the biggest selling drink on the cocktail list. She popped in, sipped a few of the wonderfully balanced cocktails and took to social media to praise the libation. We approve of this drinking and tweeting!
Do you want to eat and drink like an Hollywood star? Stop by PUMP Lounge next time you are in West Hollywood and let Jax Taylor buy you a drink.
Check out the rest of the menu here!