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PAGE 10 BEVERLY HILLS NEWS Bq Sharon B00rstin Sedlar, Reed big draws for Abiquiu saw quite a few people from Beverly Hills at [ Abiquiu in Santa Monica the other night. The word is definitely out that Brian Reed, once the hosLImanager extraordinaire at Del- monico's, is now running  stunning new restaurant. Reed's warm welcoming at Abiquiu is not the only draw. Abiquiu is the post-earthquake incarnation of Bikini, where John Sedlar was the chef/owner extraordi- naire. Sedlar just wowed San Francisco by opening an Abiquiu there. We're lucky to have an Abiquiu of our own, for Sedlar is one of the most talented and creative chefs in Cal- ifornia. The design of Abiquiu is the same as Bikini's: the curved, wood-pannoled walls are inset with nooks spotlighting Southwestern antiques; an Eric Orr waterfall sculpture drips near the entrance; stone steps lead to a sec- ond floor balcony dining area, bar, and tree- shaded patio. The stunning, modem setting is a fit one for Sedlar's artful and provocative food. At Bikini, Sedlar added global dimensions to the Modem Southwest cuisine he created at his first restaurant, St. Estephe in Manhat- tan Beach. At Abiquiu Sedlar has returned to his New Mexican roots in spades. Further- more, the prices at Abiquiu are considerably lower -- and the portions more generous -- than they were at either Bikini or St. Estephe. Beware the bread basket at Abiquiu for therein lie temptations which could spoil your Entrl appetite for dinner, dense chili-flecked blue corn mufns, deep-fr sopapillas (bread doughnuts), and voluptuous homemade tor- tillas. Prepare to be amazed when your waiter for corn brings over your order, for Sedlar's dishes sauce. delight with their extraordinary presentation as well as their taste. Appetizers the other Art plateS, evening included a "rattlesnake" of caviar "tamale" on squiggling across an aluminum plate, a duck grand. and mango quesadilla, and a corn mesa cake bread (like an extra-cushiony tortilla), crowned with mort an artichoke bottom and juicy grilled quail, with The dazzling "New Mexican" sushi was made with lobster and Spanish rice; velvety (310) malpeque oysters floated in their shells sprin- $55-75. kled with a piquant serrano chile mignonette. of green Junior's MAD MAD MARVIN "REALLY" GOES CRAZY Wedcend Je4)ut Specials, September 23 , 24 = & 25 = Regular Price Special Price Rye Bread $ 2.50 $1.25 (limit 2 per person) Smoked Whitefish Salad $10.95 lb. $ 7.95 lb. 2379 Westwood Blvd (north of Pico) (310) 475-5771 I i' on Sun ay, "( CP-'-J we put away the silver and bring out the brass. THE BIG BAND BRUNCH. Every Sunday 12-4. PANGAEA r s t a u r a n tJ- b a r he Players always serves up a heaping ble helping of warm hospitality, as well as a Patina. truly delicious meal, and last Saturday they had night was no exception. Kelly and Lauren Sharon Goidboss were there with their parents, Mar- with SteVe ilyn and Lee. A few tables away, Anita and Don Heoht were spotted. The Players is a favorite of Balty and Gone Barry, who were at also there. A block away, at Baja Grill, Annie and Richter and son Alexander were with David time at Kelth for their second meal of the day at that Palms, that particular restaurant. It seems that lunch was You so good, that they all came back and ordered great the exact same thing for dinner.t Now, that is impressive[ And across the street, at Johnny of the crowd1 Rocket's, AJ Willmer was having dinner with daughters Anjuli and Dejah. was Beverly Hills City Council Alan counter at Alexander and son Craig took a walk on Beverly Drive following their dioner at stock Louise's. Down the street at Kippan, Dan Waiter's. Himeietein dined on Sushi with his morn, Can Hmingvnff (fom KABC rad tk show host), and a few ends. Tony Sokol Justin was at Nat. N' Ms with daughter Cathy. Across the room, Rosalie and Sheldon Sacks stopped in fer dinnor. DI SPY: Former Mayor Max Selter wifl go a long with her way for a meal. Recently Max took grand- Diner, just sons Ben and Scott on safari in Tar_ania shoot a and Kenya where the threesome dined on David crocodile and ostrich. Meanwhile, back home, Janet Salter went to Jimmy's with Dell. Ellen Byrena and Donna Gather. tellini's. Chris Marzella, Robert Knyper and N1 Barbara Alexander marveled at the incredi- and MATTY'S Seafood &: Pasta Restaurant Oyster Bar Cocktails 2 One Pound $19 Open Mo.day- Friday 7228 Melrose Avenue, Hollywod, + fLu (213) 937-2801