Samir Shah is the man behind some of the most luxurious watches in the world. He is the Managing Director of Graham USA, a company that manufactures their exclusive timepieces in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the watchmaking capital of Switzerland. It is also a company that happens to be the official time partner of 2012 Stanley Cup winners the LA Kings. Unlock the secrets of LA through Samir’s favorite hot spots, restaurants and the haute hotels he loves.
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Where were you born ?
Palos Verdes, CA
How long in Los angeles:
Other than going to NYU on the east coast, I’ve always been in LA
Managing Director of Graham USA
Again, vegetarian, but Sushi Zo is where my friends like to go.
Susina Bakery, Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Best place for a romantic date:
Bottle Inn, Private Wine Cellar
Best Sunday brunch:
Trump Golf Course – Palos Verdes
Best place for a power business meeting:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The London, West Hollywood
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Barneys, Douglas Fir on 3rd
I am not a spa guy. If I catch a steam, it’s going to be at my gym after a workout
Favorite Charity Event:
I support a variety of organizations but one that’s close to my heart is the one that my aunt runs, SAHARA, who supports survivors of domestic violence.
Favorite Cultural Event:
A summer show at the Hollywood Bowl, the LA Phil at Disney Concert Hall, or, as a true Angeleno, nothing beats a Lakers Game!
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Annenberg Space for Photography
I’m a vegetarian, but when clients or colleagues are in town I take them to Mastro’s. They have great sides for vegetarians as well.
Julio’s Pizza – Cerritos, CA
Smeraldi’s Restaurant at the Biltmore
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
BLS or Uber—they’re an app away
Growing up I always loved going to the Natural History Museum—and I still do! Also, who doesn’t love The Getty.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Runyon Canyon on a weekend is great to hike as is the trek up to the Hollwood Sign or the Griffith Observatory. When in LA, one should be outdoors.
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
My home. I travel so much for work, it’s just nice to be home.
Best aspect of Los Angeles
There is not one aspect. It’s an array of attributes that makes LA what it is: the weather, the ocean, the people, the sports, and most importantly, my family.