We checked out the Sky Room, having heard so much about its history (converted by Conrad Hilton from a penthouse into a restaurant when he bought Breakers Hotel, celebrity hangout in the 1904s/50s, etc) but never read about it in the food review columns.
The approach to its private elevators felt fabulously old, almost like we're stepping back into history. Once at the top, the views were sumptious. Restaurant decor was retro-kitsch.
The friendly & efficient wait service is as good as any we'd had in Long Beach.
The food was interesting, average and certainly not mind-blowing:
Amuse-geule were tiny black plastic toothpick-skewers of black lives, gorgonzola, basil leaf & cherry tomato;
- fresh blue lump crab cakes with capers, leon & white wine sauce. The rather salty-sourish sauce almost overwhelmed the otherwise wonderful crab cakes;
- stuffed calamari, a very Japanese-inspired served with a fresh crab salad, Kosso (eel) sauce, wasabi & pickled pink ginger.
- Shelton Farm game hen, served with long-grain rice, Toy Box tomatoes & white truffle sauce. The game hen was delicious on its own;
- Paella (cooked with chorizo, shredded chicken, very fresh prawns, clams, saffron long-grain Arborio rice). Very competently executed.
All in all, a satisfactory meal. We loved the service & the witty waiter we had, plus that taste of history - more than anything else.
40 South Locust Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802