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With so many great choices on the Belvedere's Four-Star menu, it's hard to choose just one, so we suggest making repeat visits. Chef James Overbaugh prepares thoughtful and modern twists on American classics at this restaurant, tucked inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills, and locals and tourists alike flock to its country-club-ish dining room for a taste of his handiwork. If we have to choose a few favorite dishes to recommend, here are the five best things we think you should try:
1. The Peninsula Beverly Hills celebrated its 20th anniversary in August of 2011, and what better way to say happy birthday than to roll out classic dishes from its 1991 opening year? You can celebrate, too, with an entree we love: the truffle-marinated Chateaubriand of veal, with a twice-baked potato and wild mushroom sauce. This decadent choice is one of its most popular dishes.
2. Steak lovers will key in on the Belvedere's many meat options. Our favorite is easily the prime angus beef filet mignon, a tender and delicious cut served with Yukon potato gratin, cipollini onions and green beans.
3. If you prefer fish, we suggest the seared Alaskan halibut filet, which comes with smoked yellow tomato vinaigrette, watercress pesto, panzanella and lavender foam. The fish is cooked perfectly and the sauce is refreshingly light.
4. But before you think entree, order a starter, preferably the delightful yellowfin tuna tataki. Served with charred mango, grilled avocado, yuzu tapioca and pickled hearts of palm, this appetizer offers a little something sweet and refreshing to start your meal off right.
5. For a heartier first course, the truffle macaroni and cheese appetizer is one of the most delicious versions we've had. Elbow macaroni is smothered in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and sprinkled with black truffles, making it a rich and creamy treat. It's perfect for sharing, but you'll probably want to eat the whole thing yourself.