We started with lunch at The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel. This was our first real meal in the states, having spent the previous day at Disneyland, and it was fabulous. Panoramic views over the beach also helped. Good views make food taste better. It's a scientific fact.
Not having eaten much in forty eight hours, the best way to start a meal is with a cocktail. The Penthouse has its own mixologist, and the Thyme and Cucumber Amnesia is delightful. It is "handpressed hothouse cucumbers and fresh thyme mellowed with copious amounts of Aviation New Western Dry Gin, freshly squeezed lime and white cranberry juice." Yes.
For starters, we thought we'd have woodfired flat bread with tomato, torn basil and fresh mozzarella. For only $10, we were expecting something small to fire up our appetite. On the contrary. It was huge. It was all we needed for lunch. Seriously. It was ten dollars at one of Santa Monica's fanciest restaurants... wow. It was delicious. Although simple, sometimes the simplest fare is the best.
The halibut was also superbly cooked and presented.
And what could be cuter than a mini cauldron of mash?
It was rather a pity that we were too full for dessert. I love dessert and am rarely too full for it, however with these jumbo sized portions, I was. I thoroughly recommend the Penthouse for its food, view and value. The service was also great (the waitstaff being made up of out of work actors, naturally). Well, it is L.A.