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Expense Account Abuse: Lunch in BH area

manku Sep 12, 2013 10:52 AM

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.



  1. perk Sep 12, 2013 11:03 AM

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

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    1. re: perk
      manku Sep 13, 2013 05:20 PM

      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
        FranklinJefferson Sep 13, 2013 05:38 PM

        Hinoki shows Lunch Service beginning at 11:30am

        1. re: manku
          TripleAxel Sep 13, 2013 10:27 PM

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

          1. re: manku
            perk Sep 13, 2013 10:29 PM

            Hinoki is open for lunch.

        2. m
          maudies5 Sep 12, 2013 11:04 AM

          The Grill on the Alley

          1. wienermobile Sep 12, 2013 11:59 AM

            Craft is great. Is Cut open for lunch?

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            1. re: wienermobile
              Servorg Sep 12, 2013 01:25 PM

              No lunch at Cut

              1. re: wienermobile
                foodiemahoodie Sep 14, 2013 10:06 AM

                Yes, Craft is definitely open for lunch.

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                andytseng Sep 14, 2013 09:50 AM

                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. r
                  revets2 Sep 14, 2013 05:14 PM

                  The food at Craft is absurdly good right now.

                  1. n
                    ns1 Sep 14, 2013 05:29 PM

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

                    1. Ciao Bob Sep 14, 2013 05:38 PM

                      e baldi

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                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        maudies5 Sep 14, 2013 05:44 PM

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

                      2. ipsedixit Sep 14, 2013 06:25 PM

                        This is easy.

                        Just hire Urasawa-san for a private lunch.

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                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          maudies5 Sep 14, 2013 07:52 PM

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

                          1. re: maudies5
                            J.L. Sep 14, 2013 08:19 PM

                            What?! ;-)

                            1. re: J.L.
                              maudies5 Sep 14, 2013 08:21 PM


                              1. re: maudies5
                                kevin Sep 14, 2013 10:29 PM

                                Some people don't love sushi ?

                                Are you fucking kidding me ??????

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                          jessejames Sep 14, 2013 09:33 PM

                          You can do some damage at petrossians

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                          1. re: jessejames
                            J.L. Sep 14, 2013 10:20 PM

                            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.
                              kevin Sep 14, 2013 10:31 PM

                              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
                                jessejames Sep 14, 2013 10:39 PM

                                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
                                  Delucacheesemonger Sep 15, 2013 04:56 AM

                                  Agree with everything but their waiters, they are cupcakes !

                              2. re: jessejames
                                perk Sep 14, 2013 10:36 PM

                                Yes you can.

                                And I have.

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

                                1. re: perk
                                  J.L. Sep 14, 2013 11:18 PM

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

                                2. re: jessejames
                                  FallingLeaves Sep 15, 2013 01:04 PM

                                  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.

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