Los Angeles surprises me a great deal in this respect: There are not a lot of places to get up high, eat a great meal and and enjoy the view. You would think with so much ocean front and the sheer size of the city, there would be more spots to do so. I will visit most of these places over the next few weeks and months and report back so when you have friends and family visiting, you can get them high in LA and show off your beautiful city. Click the above photo for a larger view.
Technically, I’m starting in Santa Monica. Yesterday was a gorgeous day, not too cold, not too warm and so clear! I joined two friends for a Merry Christmas/Bon Voyage lunch at The Penthouse Restaurant at the Huntley Hotel. The views were spectacular. One side of the place was full of the Malibu coastline, the other side had views all the the way down Santa Monica Bay to Catalina and to Downtown and the snowy San Gabriels. Even the last stall in the bathrooms had a full blown view of the Pacific. We could not have picked a more perfect day or spot to wish our good friend good-bye and good-luck and LA gave our friend a beautiful last image to remember her by.
Photos by my friend Sarah (cuz I forgot my camera!). Thanks Sarah.
Read more about lunch with a view after the jump.
The view: Spectacular. The food: Delicious. We had crab cakes and a flatbread pizza for starters. The crab cakes were light and tasty, the flat bread made with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes and burrata. (Where has burrata been all my life?) There was roasted chicken that was heavenly and skinny french fries that were hard not to wolf down all at once. The squash soup came in a tiny cauldron and we had a quick Harry Potter conversation. The service was friendly and unobtrusive, the bill was not terribly cheap ($160 with tax and 20% tip) but since we had two starters, two main courses, a soup, a green salad, coffees and a corkage fee for the champagne we brought, not off the charts. For a special occasion lunch and with that view, it would have been a bargain at twice the price.
We stayed for three hours, drinking in the city and having the last conversation we would have together in one place for a while. We will miss our friend very much and I’m so glad Los Angeles gave us such a stunning background to say our good-byes.
The Huntley Hotel
1111 Second Street
Hotel phone: 310.394.5454
Restaurant phone: 310.393.8080