Photos: “The Waldorf Hotel” Is Looking Sharp On East Hastings

October 27, 2010.

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by Andrew Morrison | As mentioned last week in a press release, the new and – by the looks of it – much improved Waldorf Hotel is to be christened this weekend. We’re very excited, not least because of the awesome people involved, who were this week joined by former Salt Tasting Room manager and 2010 Sommelier of the Year, Kurtis Kolt (interview). There’s so much going on at this address that it’s hard to fathom fully in its as-yet-unfinished state. But all the pieces seem to be fitting together nicely, down to the analog speakers, rooms, cafe, salon, bar, gift shop and refreshingly left-field tiki vibe. The only hiccup that I know of is that the main restaurant will be delayed until at least Dec. 1st (no worries, as this venue is hardly a one room wonder – food and drink will still be in abundance).

Today, in anticipation of their Halloween opening, I took one of our cameras (not the best, sorry) down for a tour and probably – if only briefly – interrupted a thousand crucial things for which I apologise (much appreciated, Ned and Ernesto). After the photos, check out their late night, room service and cafe menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

  • Waldorf Hotel | Exterior, looking east
  • Waldorf Hotel | Lobby
  • Waldorf Hotel | Lobby
  • Waldorf Hotel | Lobby stairs
  • Waldorf Hotel | Coming down to the lobby
  • Waldorf Hotel | lower bar
  • Waldorf Hotel | Leeteg room detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | Installing speakers in the Leeteg room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Leeteg room detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | Leeteg room detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | Lower bar
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staff training
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staff training
  • Waldorf Hotel
  • Waldorf Hotel | The stage
  • Waldorf Hotel | Stage-side mural and banquette
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staff training
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staff training on the day before opening
  • Waldorf Hotel | Wicker chairs
  • Waldorf Hotel | Back patio
  • Waldorf Hotel | Back patio wall for film screenings
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staircase
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poster detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Ernesto reveals one of the old analog speakers
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Poynesian Room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main floor restaurant
  • Waldorf Hotel | Ernesto going up the service stairs
  • Waldorf Hotel | Hotel hallway
  • Waldorf Hotel | Painting room numbers...
  • Waldorf Hotel | Room detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | Single room
  • Waldorf Hotel | Room view
  • Waldorf Hotel | Room view
  • Waldorf Hotel | Many of the in-room bathrooms have been restored. But why would you want to with this gem?
  • Waldorf Hotel | Room detail
  • Waldorf Hotel | From the lobby looking out onto East hastings
  • Waldorf Hotel | The hotel hallway
  • Waldorf Hotel | Coming down to the lobby
  • Waldorf Hotel | Coming down to the lobby
  • Waldorf Hotel | executive chef Ned Bell
  • Waldorf Hotel |  In the kitchen with executive chef Ned Bell and sous chef Mike Wrinch
  • Waldorf Hotel | Gabriella, who is prepping authentic Mexican street food
  • Waldorf Hotel | sous chef Mike Wrinch
  • Waldorf Hotel | Co-owners Ernesto Gomez and Thomas Anselmi with sous chef Mike Wrinch
  • Waldorf Hotel | executive chef Ned Bell and sous chef Mike Wrinch
  • Waldorf Hotel | Ancient, original equipment in the production kitchen
  • Waldorf Hotel | Main entrance, LobbyExterior
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staff meal in the rear parking lot
  • Waldorf Hotel | Exterior, looking west

LATE NIGHT – ROOM SERVICE

Appetizers

3 Chile Tortilla Soup

Warm Olives and Spiced Spanish Peanuts

Pantomaca with Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese

Melted Cheese with Chorizo and Poblano Pepper

Grilled Chorizo and Chicken Brochette with Chopped Pico de Gallo

Spicy Country Ribs Yucatan Style

Serrano Ham wrapped Prawns with Garlic Ali-oli

Fideo Casero (vermicelli with red sauce, cheese, chorizo, dried pasilla chile and
Avocado)

Mussels with Garlic, Pasley and White Wine

Serrano, Chorizo, Manchego, Bread and a Knife

Tacos, Quesadillas and Empanadas

Potato Empanadas with Green Avocado Salsa

Grilled Smoked Sablefish Quesadilla with Tomato, Chipotle and Asadero Cheese

Chicken Pibil Tacos with Pickled Red Onion

Grilled Chile-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos

Pork Carnitas Tacos Michoacan Style

* All tacos served with lime wedge, sliced radishes, cilantro and chopped onions

BREAKFAST

Home Made Granola + Add Yogurt

Seasonal Fruit + Add Yogurt

Pancakes with Caramelized Quince, Honey and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Green Chicken Enchiladas

Huevos Rancheros with Black Beans and Avocado

Huevos a la Mexicana with Black Beans

Poached Eggs, Crispy Serrano Ham, Manchego, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Tortilla de Patata with Pico de Gallo and Tomato Salad

Eggs any Style (Fried, Poached or Scrambled)

Add any Meat: Bacon, Crispy Serrano Ham, Sausage or Spanish Chorizo

LUNCH

Starters

Pantomaca with Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese

Melted Cheese with Chorizo and Poblano Pepper

3 Chile Tortilla Soup (Vegan option available)

Black Bean Soup (Vegan option available)

Fideo Casero (vermicelli with in tomato sauce, cheese, chorizo, dried pasilla chile and
Avocado)

Tacos, Quesadillas and Empanadas

Potato Empanadas with Green Avocado Salsa

Grilled Smoked Sablefish Quesadilla Mazatlan Style

Chicken Pibil Tacos with Pickled Red Onion

Grilled Chile-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos

Pork Carnitas Tacos Michoacan Style

* All served with lime wedge, sliced radishes, cilantro and chopped onions

Salads

Green Salad
Mixed Greens, Avocado, Celery, Cucumber, Jicama, Radish, Cilantro, Lime, Olive Oil
and Salt

Our Waldorf Salad
Mixed Greens, Watercress, Pickled Red Onion, Tomatoes, Blue Cheese, Avocado

Add Grilled Chicken
Add Skirt Steak
Add Chicken-Chorizo skewer
Add Grilled Prawn

Sandwiches

Fried Beans, Avocado, Oyster Mushroom Salpicon, Manchego, Tomatoes, Letttuce and
Marinated Red Onions

Adobo Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Orange Cheddar, Roasted Golden Pepper and Pico de Gallo

Grilled Steak Pepito
Avocado, roasted oyster mushrooms, shaved Manchego and Smoked Chipotle (Optional)

Mains

All Served with Red Rice, Black Beans, House Salad and House Pickle and Grilled Tortillas

Oyster Mushroom Salpicon

Potato Empanada

Grilled Market Fish with Pico de Gallo

Spicy Country Ribs Yucatan Style

Grilled Flank Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Chicken Skewer with Chorizo with Pico de Gallo, (Available with Chicken Only)

DINNER

Appetizers

3 Chile Tortilla Soup

Warm Olives and Spiced Spanish Peanuts

Pantomaca with Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese

Melted Cheese with Chorizo and Poblano Pepper

Grilled Chorizo and Chicken Brochette with Chopped Pico de Gallo

Spicy Country Ribs Yucatan Style

Oyster Mushroom Salpicon

Serrano Ham wrapped Prawns with Garlic Ali-oli

Mussels with Garlic, Parsley and White Wine

Serrano, Chorizo, Manchego, Bread and a Knife

Tacos, Quesadillas and Empanadas

Potato Empanadas with Green Avocado Salsa

Grilled Smoked Sablefish Quesadilla with Tomato, Chipotle and Asadero Cheese

Chicken Pibil Tacos with Pickled Red Onion

Grilled Chile-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos

Pork Carnitas Tacos Michoacan Style

* All served with lime wedge, sliced radishes, cilantro and chopped onions

Salads

Green Salad
Mixed Greens, Avocado, Celery, Cucumber, Jicama, Radish, Cilantro, Lime, Olive Oil
and Salt

Our Waldorf Salad

Mixed Greens, Watercress, Pickled Red Onion, Tomatoes, Blue Cheese, Avocado

Add Grilled Chicken
SkAdd Skirt Steak

Add Chicken-Chorizo skewer

Add Grilled Prawn

Mains

Arroz Verde – Green Rice
Garlic, Chilli and Parsley Rice with Clams, Scallops and Spot Prawns

Fideo Casero (vermicelli with red sauce, cheese, chorizo, dried pasilla chile and
Avocado)

Market Fish Veracruz Style

Grilled Spot Prawns al Ajillo over Quinoa with Mushrooms and Annatto Oil

Roasted half chicken with Green Pipian Mole and Rice (come up with Name for rice)

10 oz strip loin steak ‘ frites’ with Chimichurri

Crispy Duck Leg Confit with Merida Style Puy Lentils

Slow braised lamb shank
Tomato, Ancho Chile and Seville orange braise, gremolata

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