The Royce restaurant at The Langham debuts tonight

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After an extensive renovation, The Langham Huntington’s former Dining Room opens tonight as The Royce, with celebrated chef David Fau heading up the kitchen.

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True to his roots, Fau’s inaugural menu (click to view, at left) is full of classically inspired dishes prepared in refined French technique and built using fresh, locally grown produce and sustainable products. He even includes on the printed menu a thoughtful dedication to the farmers and fishermen who cultivate his ingredients.

Fau’s rise to culinary prominence began after he worked under the guidance of famed chef Guy Savoy in Paris. He served as executive chef at several Parisian restaurants, before making his way to Manhattan to run the kitchen at Lutce. Fau joined the Patina Group in 2006, stepping first into the role of executive chef for Caf Pinot in downtown L.A. and then moving up as head of Patina Restaurant Group’s West Coast culinary operation.

The new look of the Langham restaurant space is the work of Atlanta-based architecture and design firm, The Johnson Studio. The firm’s principal Bill Johnson told Rose Magazine in June that he wanted to bring the design of the restaurant forward, while respecting the tradition of the historic building.

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Indeed, there are timeless design elements at play in the space, alongside modern architectural touches. The restaurant feels brand-new, but not out of place in the grand, luxury hotel.

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The Royce’s two wine rooms are seductive centerpieces for the indoor space. The sleek and contemporary white room is complemented in its opposition to a red room, with warm colors and traditional, deep-wood structure. (Below is Eric Espuny, manager and director of wine for The Royce, in the red room.)

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Look for the glass-enclosed veranda with sweeping views of the Horseshoe Garden; the private chef’s table, cloistered behind an elegantly curved wall of glass; and the stately-but-playful incorporation of signature colors like navy and royal blue.

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Dinner tonight is a limited-seating affair, and the restaurant is already fully booked. Langham spokeswoman Elsa Schelin encourages guests to make reservations beginning Tuesday, Nov. 16, and thereafter.

The Royce at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena. Open for dinner Tue.-Sat., seatings begin at 6 p.m. (626) 585-6410,

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

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