After a wonderful Birthday lunch cooked by Chow Pup - Carne Asada and Spinach Salad with feta and almonds, plus another really satisfying sushi experience at Asuka on Friday, lunch on Saturday at the Belvedere in the Peninsula Hotal rounded up the week.
This place is a faint recollection of the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, scenes of my mispent youth. However Victor of that Hotel was not in the dining room with the Caviar cart and his silver server making the rounds. Rather there was an overly eager bunch of young servers male and female done up in rather uncomfortable suits, all tripping over each other. Who cares, because besides marvellous air conditioning, the room is among the prettiest around.
Even a die hard like me who always asks for regular, ie tap water, didn't flinch when the server appeared with a jumbo bottle of Evian - not my fave. But to the menu: I had green cucumber gazpacho and a small plate of smoked salmon on a potato pancake (also gobbled a few addictive cracksrs from the bread basket, definitely not on the liquid diet. Partner had soft shelled crab fried on a bed of salad; however, the bed appeared to be two leaves of fried romaine and the server said, well it says salad, so I am going to go and get you more greens. That serving was definitely puny for $27 - big crab, few leaves. Friend had a turkey burger sans cheese and fries but with a big plate of fruit. Iced tea and a birthday chocolate mousse cake.
Definitely a good choice for birthday lunch - we went at 11.45 and within the hour the place was packed with most people ordering jumbo Cobb salads, or thats was it seemed.
Santa Monica Blvd at Wilshire
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