Today is: Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Hall Restaurant Review
The Hall at Palihouse offers the delectable in a casually elegant setting. Aiming to
offer a thoroughly sensual dining experience. Diners will be delighted with the
extensive menu as well as the equally stunning wine list that together
offer a truly worldly dining experience.
A neighborhood gathering place, The Hall's menu features Southern French
Provencal classics such as steak frites, croque monsieur and Caesar Salad.
Southern hospitality never looked so stylish. This lounge/restaurant/coffee bar is part of the Palihouse, WeHo's boutique hotel that gives extended-stay living a luxurious twist. In the lounge, young Hollywood types meet for drinks while well-to-do hotel guests gather around a faux fireplace that anchors the homey space. Clusters of cushy eather couches create cozy conversation nooks to sip an espresso in the morning, or
a Cabernet in the evening. There's also a brasserie, tucked in the corner next to
the courtyard. Charles Trenet croons softly through the speakers while diners
sample cheese and charcuterie plates and colorful French fare, like
croque monsieur, pissaladiere and steak frites.
Indoor and Outdoor Seating
Hits: Details like antique bicycles by the front door, stuffed birds in gilded cages, and
a collection of antique locks create a fun setting. Also, the lobby is open to the public, so if you love the vibe and live in the neighborhood, you can relax with a coffee, pastry, and newspaper at the espresso bar seven mornings a week.
The Hall at Palihouse’s dinner menu items are a la carte. They include traditional French entrees such as Frisee aux Lardons, Duck Confit, along with a variety of dishes like Seared Scallops or Roast Chicken. A basket of sliced French baguettes arrived first to the table with a ramekin of salty butter and I was reminded that the bread and everything else on the menu is made fresh, on site, from scratch.
Arugula and Parmesan Salad
Sweet Corn Tortellini
I chose the Arugula and Parmesan Salad appetizer, and my guest’s choice was the Sweet Corn Tortellini. Five tortellinis served in a pool of sweet corn with a nest of fresh chiffonade greens. The tortellinis were firm and tender and the sauce gave this dish a colorful zing, simply delicious as any homemade past could be!
.My salad course was very good, it was light and satisfying as an introduction to the entrées yet to come.
The Swordfish Kebabs was recommended by my server and proved its value as a favorite. I loved this dish, and usually I am not a big fan of the swordfish, this I loved this unique and delicious fish with escarole and salsa verde.
My guest tasted the Steak Frites with fries on a bearnaise sauce. The
meat was well cooked, tender and flavorful, mild-tasting.
The portions were generous; the fried chips complimented, leading one to eat more than intended since it was all so delicious! I’d characterize this as a French comfort food, hearty and flavorful. If I were to use a musical metaphor here, it might be
a Mahler symphony – bold and satisfying, inspired by different genres
whose flavors come together creating a richly fulfilling experience.
The wine accompanying my dinner was the 2003 Chateau Reserve de Mouton from Bordeaux, France. It proved to be an excellent complement to the hearty fare, a
full-bodied, nicely balanced dinner wine, rich and fruity as it is described
on the wine list with blackberry and raspberry liquor aromas.
For dessert, of course there was an array of cakes and pastries. I chose the Lemon Tart, and my guest’s choice was the famous Pear Cobbler with Ice Cream.
If you’re looking for a restaurant bistro with urban neighborhood charm and great food, this is your dinner spot. It’s a great place to meet friends for lively conversation over a satisfying meal with a respectable glass of wine. It’s perfect for dinner
before the symphony. Or, how about an espresso and dessert after the
show? Chef Stephanie O’Mary is great and very talented.
I look forward to enjoying the creative culinary evolution of
The Hall at Palihouse and its talented chef and staff.
For map and location click Here!
For more information please visit their website at www.palihouse.com
Article by: Mary Adams
Photos by: Chris Marx
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