To ring in my 30th birthday, my boyfriend and I figured a uniquely beautiful meal was in order – and there are few places in Los Angeles that feel more special to me than the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Highlighting the culinary wonderment produced by Chef José Andrés – chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup, molecular gastronomy proponent, and visionary behind restaurants all around the country (Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and Puerto Rico) – the hotel houses three tremendous restaurants helmed by this Spanish-born, highly celebrated chef. Having dined previously at The Bazaar and not being quite prepared to commit to Saam’s decadent (and oh-so-pricey) truffle tasting menu, we opted for the sleekly elegant and lounge-like Tres, located in the hotel’s lobby. With its menu specializing in bistro-style comfort food infused with Executive Chef Andrés’ signature creativity, we indulged in classics like Seared Sea Scallops in a potato cream sauce; Colorado Lamb Loin with a pistachio crust, atop celery root puree with black garlic jus; and (in honor of my birthday, when calories and carbs don’t count!) homemade Pappardelle with an egg 63°, parmesan foam, Serrano hay, and truffle. As always, we were too full to enjoy dessert, but the Ay Margarita I had to drink – made with Don Julio Blanco, lime, habanero bitters, and Orgeat – was enough to satisfy my sweet (and spicy!) tooth. Seated on our own personal sofa in front of a gas fireplace flanked by curious accessories and decorative bookcases, I couldn’t imagine a lovelier locale, more delicious food, or better company with which to celebrate this milestone of a birthday.