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The fifth floor

reedsox Jul 31, 2012 11:31 AM

What can chowhounders tell me about the 5th floor at the palomar hotel?

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    rubadubgdub RE: reedsox Jul 31, 2012 12:30 PM

    It's changed a lot since its inception. In fact, when I was there a few weeks ago I practically didn't recognize it--it's more lounge (2/3) than restaurant (1/3) now unless there are a lot more tables in the back than I could see. Seems very much geared to hotel clientele who might not want to sit for a long meal but who do want a quick bite and a drink. We went there for a foie tasting menu which was fine but not mindblowing.

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      Robert Lauriston RE: rubadubgdub Jul 31, 2012 12:56 PM

      The chef changed (for the sixth? time) at the end of 2010 so prior reports are more or less irrelevant.

    2. smatbrat RE: reedsox Jul 31, 2012 01:39 PM

      Im a huge fan. They have had a ton of chef and manager changes. I really like Chef David's food.
      I find it to be delicate and complex at the same time. IT has changed into a lounge feeling. I think they are trying to get away from being a special occasion resto only. and move to more of a local clientel.

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        bluex RE: reedsox Jul 31, 2012 02:30 PM

        I love it, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I always have a great time, feel very taken care of and, most importantly, the food is always really delicious.

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          jaiko RE: reedsox Aug 2, 2012 11:33 PM

          Great place! Has taken over from Boulevard as our downtown bistro of choice. Wonderful, creative food. When Chef Barzigan is "on", he can really rock your taste buds. A first visit July 2011 was good, but the second visit Nov 2011 was perfection. If you're like us, tell 'em to watch the salt content. Skate with wasabi crust was brilliant, as was the venison, foie gras (now gone, alas) and lamb Moroccan style. Service is excellent.

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