santa monica: the dining room

14 Nov

Located in the beautiful and deco Hotel Shangri-LA, The Dining Room is an enjoyable culinary nook nestled right off of the entrance.

Although it was virtually empty*, our French-imported waiter, Bello, was the sweetest and the food was even sweeter.

sea bass

chicken and dumplings

steak frites

The cheese flight starter was heaven (obviously), accented by marcona almonds and honey comb. My Sea Bass was fantastic. Although I opted for the small portion..shocking, I know…paired with the cheese and a glass of Pinot, it was the perfect meal to savor and enjoy.

With a crispy crust on the bass nestled on top of tender beluga lentils and swiss chard, it truly was a delight. Rumor has it the Chicken (Cornish game hen) and Dumplings (gnocchi-ish bits), was delicious and I can say the Portobello frites were a treat.

Take the awesome elevator up to the rooftop for a fantastic and romantic view of the Santa Monica Pier and expansive ocean.

*we later learned the party was actually raging upstairs on their roof-top bar…


4 Responses to “santa monica: the dining room”

  1. MicheleinLA November 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    And don’t forget you can score a great deal here by going to and picking up a gift certificate for this place!

  2. Lauren B. November 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    The Dining Room sounds awesome! I haven’t really explored LA much, but I have heard wonderful things about your food down there! Portobello frites sound seriously amazing.

    • lavieeuropaa November 15, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      Next time you’re down here Lauren you’ll have to adventure around a bit! The LA culinary scene really has SO much to offer, and often in unexpected places (cough*strip malls*cough).

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