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Known for its classy venues and upscale dining, you can imagine why it’s hard to choose what to eat and drink at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Here are our picks for the five best comestibles at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. Blueberry-buttermilk pancakes. When you think of pancakes, you don’t usually think “healthy breakfast.” But at The Peninsula, you don’t have to feel so guilty about your hot cakes. These pancakes are delicious and made with barley flour, spelt, oats and flax.
2. Macaroni and cheese. The perfect comfort food, the truffle macaroni and cheese appetizer at The Belvedere, the renowned restaurant in The Peninsula Beverly Hills, is one of the most delicious versions we’ve had. Elbow macaroni is smothered in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with mushrooms and then sprinkled with black truffles, making it a rich and creamy treat. It’s perfect for sharing — but easy enough to eat the whole thing by yourself.
3. Afternoon tea. Head to The Living Room for a decadent high tea that features English-style finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and desserts. It’s set among beautiful décor and furnishings with a harpist playing — perfect for a birthday celebration, special occasion or just any old day.
4. Angus beef burger. Relax over lunch in the beautiful Roof Garden, where you’ll enjoy outstanding views of Beverly Hills and a lovely garden atmosphere. The burger is served with Maui sweet onion and Hook’s two-year-aged white cheddar, sure to fill you up for the rest of the day. Just make sure to wait that hour before you swim.
5. The chocolate soufflé. A classic at The Belvedere, this popular dessert comes highly recommended from the executive chef and is not to be missed. Topped with crème anglaise, it’s the perfect delicate sweet.
There are so many popular dishes served in the restaurants and room service at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, I would have to say it’s a matter of personal taste when selecting the five best things to eat and drink. For breakfast, a guest can order a delicious omelet, with or without egg yolks; the best blueberry pancakes on the planet; or our housemade granola with fresh seasonal fruit yogurt. Some like to order a refreshing “Naturally Peninsula” smoothie made with fresh fruit and sometimes protein powder.
At lunch, since we are located in health-conscious Beverly Hills, many of our guests order salads. Favorites include the Cobb, The Chinese Chicken Salad and the Ahi Tuna Chop Chop. At dinner in The Belvedere, one of the most popular appetizers is named after chef James Overbaugh, who created it: Oysters Overbaugh consists of spicy baked oysters with horseradish-parsnip purée and spinach-lemon cream. You can’t go wrong with a filet mignon or chef James’ California-inspired Bouillabaisse. On the side, I recommend that guests try our popular version of Mac ‘n Cheese, which Chef makes with truffles and truffle oil, Hen of the Woods mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. It’s like no other Mac ‘n Cheese you’ve ever tasted!
The half-pound Angus beef burgers at The Roof Garden, our alfresco restaurant near the pool on the rooftop, are sublime, as are the steaks and lobster that come hot off the grill during our summer weekend barbecues. The most popular dishes in The Club Bar and The Living Room, where guests can enjoy a snack with their cocktails, are filet mignon and wild mushroom “hoagies” and Chinese steamed dumplings.
For dessert, we have wonderful chocolate soufflés, and the pastry chef is always creating new pastries based on what fresh fruits are in season. I recommend that guests who love dessert come to Sunday brunch at The Belvedere, where you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a fantastic dessert buffet.