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Expense Account Abuse: Lunch in BH area

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Someone who is looking to run up their expense account is taking me out to lunch next week...he's staying in Century City.

I'm considering Craft. Can't think of much else - not a huge fan of Spago, and don't want to go east of La Cienega or west of 405.



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  1. Hinoki & The Bird....also in Century City. A number of places in Beverly Hills.... Bouchon, Scarpetta, Mastro......

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    1. re: perk

      hinoki and mastros are dinner only.

      scarpetta i won't return to (service issues in NYC and LA)

      bouchon is fine, but frankly no different than craft and less convenient (food different, but both big restaurants chains by celebrity chefs)

      1. re: manku

        Hinoki shows Lunch Service beginning at 11:30am

        1. re: manku

          Crustacean? BierBeisl? Polo Lounge? Wolfgang Puck at Bel Air Hotel?

        2. The Grill on the Alley

          1. Craft is great. Is Cut open for lunch?

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              1. re: wienermobile

                Yes, Craft is definitely open for lunch.

              2. Not really for expense account abuse, but of everything listed so far, BierBeisl is my favorite. Great charcuterie plate. If you want to run up the tab, just order some wine.

                1. The food at Craft is absurdly good right now.

                  1. How about Shunji/Mori? Pretty sure you can destroy an expense account there.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                        Great minds do think alike. When I posted my suggestion for The Grill, I intended to add e.Baldi

                      2. This is easy.

                        Just hire Urasawa-san for a private lunch.

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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Not every one loves sushi. That is why I am hesitant to recommend sushi restaurants

                              1. re: maudies5

                                Some people don't love sushi ?

                                Are you fucking kidding me ??????

                        2. You can do some damage at petrossians

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                          1. re: jessejames

                            Hey now there's a great idea. Get a few tins of the Alverta President, some blini, vodka and go to town.

                            1. re: J.L.

                              And how about a bottle or two of '61 Cheval Blanc ????

                              And a slab of foie imported from Chez l ami Louis along with a few of their rudest cherubic waiters to serve you the goods ?????? :)

                              Now that's what I'm fucking talking about.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Drinks at ten pound above Scarpetta. Rare whiskeys in crystal w scottish ice and some thousands per serving incl century old conac

                                1. re: kevin

                                  Agree with everything but their waiters, they are cupcakes !

                              2. re: jessejames

                                Yes you can.

                                And I have.

                                I like it there.
                                (This is responding to the post about Petrossian.)

                                1. re: perk

                                  Lest it get lost amidst all the decadence, Chef Giselle's food is still rockin' at Petrossian.

                                2. re: jessejames

                                  Off menu.
                                  But I always order a caviar flight to start with. Petrossians will delight. Compare, contrast and enjoy. I recommend eating the roes straight up without the chopped egg, chopped onion, and mini pancakes (more taste, less filling) and with champagne rather than vodka. (Robin Leach's motto). But if you prefer, by all means, eat the egg, onion and pancake too.