The hall at palihouse
I visited Saturday morning with a friend for brunch. Extremely friendly and obliging staff, very nice, laid-back feel. The lobby that opens onto the courtyard is nicely designed but not overdesigned, like The Standard or the Mondrian. There was almost no one in the place until after noon. The brunch food wasn't groundbreaking but definitely solid. I had the French toast, which was rich and slightly custardy but firm. The lemon zest-spiked ricotta was only sufficient for one of the thick slices of what appeared to be challah or the like, but it came with warm maple syrup, too, so I wasn't disappointed. At $11, it was a good deal. I tried my friend's boudin noir, and it was quite good. Their croissants won't beat Breadbar's, but they're on a par with Boule's, and the lattes are good. The Bellinis are made with real white peach purée, too. I'd happily visit again, and I hope the upcoming editions in Hollywood and Venice have such good restaurants.
Yes, I have been twice, and I highly recommend the place. There are several posts where the Hall at Palihouse is the subject, with a post I wrote included in this one:
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