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The Belvedere, Los Angeles

9882 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, 90212, USA
The Belvedere Review
5 Star Rating
6 March 2016The BelvedereTags: Los Angeles, USA, Mediterranean reviewsThe Bill: £76 per head

The Belvedere is located inside the Peninsula Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills. The recently refurbished Belvedere has transformed from a fine dining restaurant to a more relaxed dining room, which is more in-keeping with the laid-back Californian lifestyle. The decor is fresh, bright, and has a host of blue and white plaid and willow pattern furnishings. White linen tablecloths are draped over the tables, and the five star service has certainly remained as it feels like a special place to dine. Executive Chef David Cody took us on a sumptuous culinary journey to remember.

We started our evening with an aperitif, two fine glasses of Laurent Perrier, Cuvee Rose, Brut NV.

To begin I ordered the Potted House Smoked Salmon, served in a petite glass jar with Salmon Roe and Dill. A delightful starter, the Salmon was well prepared and the flavours were on-point. My partner ordered the Gulf Coast Shrimp, served with Chili, Garlic, and Local Olive Oil. Another fine dish, the Shrimp tasted divine and worked beautifully with the Garlic.

Next we progressed on to the pasta course. I enjoyed the Gluten-free Almond Flour Pappardelle, with Stewed Tomato and Basil. Although a simple dish this was certainly not a disappointment. My partner ordered the Lobster Agnolotti, a Crustacean Nage with Orange, Fennel, and Hazelnut. Another fine example of their culinary craft, this was beautifully presented and we enjoyed every mouthful.

“Executive Chef David Cody took us on a sumptuous culinary journey.”

For our main course I ordered the All-Natural 8oz Beef Filet Mignon with a Red Wine Jus. A superb cut of meat, masterfully seared and prepared to deliver on flavour. My partner opted for the Grass-Fed Lamb Tagine, with Golden Raisin Couscous, Almonds, and Cumin Yogurt. The flavours in this dish complimented each other perfectly, a very enjoyable dish and a choice we were more than happy with. We also added sides of Weiser Farms Crispy Fingerling Potatoes with Local Olive Oil.

For dessert I sampled the Lemon Pannacotta, with Olive Oil, White Chocolate, and Sea Salt. The Pannacotta went down a treat, with a subtle but noticeable Lemon flavour. My partner ordered the Composed Goat Cheese, with Giandujam, Concord Grape, and Sourdough. A fitting end to the evening, and a superb dish in-line with everything we sampled.

Our chosen wine for the evening was a 2013, Keller Estate La Cruz, The Peninsula, Pinot Noir. A Californian wine with hints of Raspberry and a crisp, dry taste.

We had a wonderful evening of dining and we were well looked after, we wouldn’t hesitate to return and suggest this is on our list when visiting Beverly Hills.

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