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oldies report: Polo Lounge, Sanamuluang, Father's Office

Patty | May 19, 200304:15 PM

It was a very diverse weekend of eating, in which I finally got out of Silver Lake for a while. My stepmother invited me to the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch Friday. Althought the garden patio is lovely, I'm sorry to say the service and the famous McCarthy saled were quite disappointing. I had to ask repeatedly for my ice tea and the chopped salad was completely tasteless no matter how much dressing was added. The bread basket was quite good (I'd like to recreate the cheese/black pepper bread) and the pear tart was adequate. Prices, not surprisingly, were astronomical, including the $29 truffled hamburger which I should have ordered for comparison's sake.
Saturday I needed something with some flavor after that, so we had a late lunch at Sanamuluang -- wide Emperor's noodles with shrimp, pork, chicken and squid for me, and skinny egg noodles with barbecued pork and garlic for b.f. Both were good, but not as good as the spicy wide noodles, which weren't drowned in gravy, that I had there last time.
Sunday after a hike at Will Rogers, we adjourned to Father's Office for Belgian white ale and burgers. Excellent charbroiled flavor, not too messy. Even better dipped in the garlic mayo. I think the fries are actually too thin even though they're tasty. B.f. very impressed with burger. I doubt the Polo Lounge would have been better, truffles or not. Now I must take him to Thai American before they close. Maybe a Chowhound last dinner there, anyone?

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