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Mar 20, 2010 01:04 PM

Quick, fellow 'hounds! Best Sunday brunch (tomorrow) in mid-Wilshire - no cheap faux-Champagne joints...



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  1. Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills
    Montage, Beverly Hills

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    1. re: J.L.

      Excellent suggestions, both. Thank you!

    2. while we're at it, i'll just add Four Seasons BH and BLVD at the Beverly Wilshire to the hotel list.

      and if you want a stand-alone restaurant instead of a hotel, best nearby options are Campanile and Jar.

      Wilshire Restaurant
      2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I excluded Four Seasons on purpose - Not such a good brunch (anymore).

        1. re: J.L.

          bummer...but good to know! it's probably been a few years since i was last there - thx for the update.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              There is not a Sunday brunch in BH that has the quality that Four Seasons has or is more elaborate.
              It is top notch and they, unlike many of their competitors, make their own wonderful pastries.
              I would highly recommend it.

              1. re: latindancer

                Thank you, latindancer. I've had the lovely brunch at the Four Seasons, and I quite liked it. Now that we have our reservation for Jar tomorrow, I hope that we'll like that as well.

                I'll report to y'all, as requested!

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Excellent suggestions - particularly because I thought of them as well. ; )

            We now have a 12:30 rez at Jar. First time for us...we're looking forward to it!

            1. re: kauma

              Jar is solid. Have fun, and report back. I want to know what champagne they serve.

              1. re: J.L.

                Thanks to all 'hounds! Our brunch at Jar was lovely. Sister had the grilled Gruyère sandwich, which she enjoyed immensely. Eight-year-old nephew had the lobster Benedict, and it pleased him mightily (oh, that char siu pork!). Niece, also 8, ate nothing. She was somewhat distraught, and spent much of her time alone. I don't know what brother-in-law had; I was too busy trying to get my niece to come out from under the tablecloth. I had the oven-roasted turkey sandwich, and it was marvelous. Sister and I also very much enjoyed the Jar fries that accompanied our entrées.

                The look of the place, to me, was very attractive. It's somewhat austere for some tastes, but I liked it. Service was friendly, if a bit distracted. (And when we expressed thanks for something we received, we more often encountered "no problem" than "my pleasure." But all in all, we were served well.

                To J.L.: We never found out what Champagne/sparkling wine was served. But my pinot noir from Carmel Road was marvelous, and the parents quite liked their mint juleps.

                All in all, I'd say it was a success. I'll be returning.

                Thanks again to y'all!

                1. re: kauma

                  Hi kauma,

                  Thanks for reporting back. :) I'm glad to hear the brunch at Jar was lovely.

                  1. re: exilekiss

                    Bless your heart, ex. I haven't your skill at writing reviews, but I felt a responsibility to the 'hounds.

                    Best from kauma

                  2. re: kauma

                    Thanks for reporting back! Now I have a reason to go to Jar and find out what champagne they serve!

                    1. re: J.L.

                      Always happy to enable a fellow 'hound!

                      Mind you, you could just call to find out. But what fun is that?!?

                      Best from kauma

              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Thank you! I had brunch at the Blvd. a few years ago and was quite impressed. As it happens now, we have a 12:30 at Jar tomorrow. I've never been, and I'm looking forward to it!

              3. Please enlighten me - what does SSFI mean?

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                1. re: J.L.

                  Hello, J.L.!

                  SSFI = subject speaks for itself.

                  I know...more computerese to learn. But I rather like this one...

                2. i know you've already got a res, and you will def enjoy Jar, but next time, i do really like the brunch at Porta Via in Beverly Hills too.

                  Porta Via
                  424 N. Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                  1. re: Emme

                    My thanks to you, Emme! I'll try Porta Via another time...

                    We were very happy with Jar - post to follow!

                    1. re: kauma

                      Polo Lounge, for out of town guests seeking to experience LA scene. Food is okay, most will consider pricey for what you get. Excellent service though.

                      1. re: Sgee

                        You're so right, Sgee. We're all native to L.A., so the scene wasn't as important to us. But the Polo Lounge is indeed marvelous.

                        Maybe next time...and maybe then my lovely niece won't insist upon hiding under the table...

                        Thank you!