Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

We just came home from five days in Los Angeles and thought I tell you a little bit about what we ate and drank.
We started our trip with dinner at The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel. We did not have reservations, that presented no problem, and we got seated right away (7 pm on a Thursday).
Attentive staff to start with, taking our drink order and presenting the menu. After that the service went down hill. Food was timely but our bottle of wine sure took it's time, and we sat with our empty plates for quite a while before anyone noticed. Ordering dessert was quite a shore and we had to ask three times for the dessert menu before it finally arrived. Unacceptable!
Let's move on to the food. I started with the Ahi Tuna Tartare with Spiced California Avocado and Shaved Radish on Micro Greens. All very fresh and good. For main course I had the Wild Sockeye Salmon with Potato Crisps topped with a Creme Fraiche Sauce and Caviar. The salmon was slightly over cooked, but otherwise very good...
Finally our long awaited dessert, a Chocolate Souffle with a side of Vanilla Ice Cream. Perfectly cooked, still moist in the center and a nice intense chocolate flavor. Yummy!
We had a bottle of Belle Glos 2004 Clark and Telephone Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir with dinner. Not my first Pinot Noir from this winery, and it was as great as ever! Dark, not to ripe, fruit and berries with spice, earthiness and sweet, oaky, vanilla. Good amount of acidity and soft tannins on the lingering finish.

The meal over all was very good, but not great. Not necessarily a place I will return to for the food, and definitely not for the service.
There are to many options in a city like L.A. to waste your time on anything but the best...

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