Pinot Provence-Costa Mesa
Maybe this should be included in L.A. Board?
Anyway, lunch at Pinot Provence was delightful. It's located in the Westin Hotel. It used to be that when you thought of a restaurant in a hotel the overwhelming feeling was...Yuck. But, no more.
The dining room is attractive with some banquettes, which we were lucky enough to secure. We started with a lobster soup...like a bisque, but thinner, garnished with carrot slivers. Some opted for one of the prix fixe menus (3 courses) but I had the scallops with sauteed portabello mushrooms surrounding a salad of mixed greens with slivers of fried onions on top and a delicate dressing. Dessert was a lemon/pistachio cake/pudding thing that is difficult to describe and was good, but not great. I had a glass of Burgogne pinot noir that was good, but not great.
The restaurant was quiet...we could actually hear each other without shouting. The service was good. At least the waiter didn't tell us his name and history.
There is valet parking. Lunch was about $50 p.p. Not cheap, but we were celebrating a birthday and we only do it 4 times/year.