Visit to LA last week
Spent four days (from Napa home) in LA/Beverly Hills last week. Very fun. Highlights:
* Belvedere at the Peninsula Hotel: delicious for dinner on the patio. Particularly enjoyed the "small plates" options (eg. mac and chees with truffles; beet salad) and the outstanding sommelier service. Relaxed and pleasant for a hotel restaurant. The chef came around to greet guests. Friendly and engaging.
* Cut. I know it's a scene but what a great time! The 10 ounce American Wagyu rib eye was our favorite among the filets and short ribs tried. Heirloom tomato salad was wonderful. Again, a great sommelier. Didn't hurt that Leonardo di Caprio entered the restaurant very quietly mid meal and slid into a discrete booth.
* Rooftop cafe at the Peninsula. Terrific for breakfast (eggwhite fritata) and late lunch (chopped tuna tartar with avocado; jalapeno margarita) on the roof near the pool. Casual, fun, relaxed. Open to non-hotel guests. Give it a try!
* Tanzore: modern Indian cuisine in the old Gaylord's on La Cienega. Terrible! Slick design betrayed by boring menu of poorly prepared dishes. Almost empty restaurant -- for good reason. Flavors were muted and un-original. A total waste of time.
All in all, a terrific 4 day visit!
I did go (with my wife) to the bar at the Peninsula on Friday and Saturday nights. We enjoyed it quite a bit, particularly the drinks and the pianist.
However, we couldn't help but think that some of the local "talent" was professional. A few too many of middle age+ men had very sexy "dates" who were in their 20's. Were we misreading this situation?
Let me know your thoughts on the Peninsula bar scene.