The Bottom Line
- Extremely attentive and courteous service
- Emphasis on organic, eco-friendly ingredeitns--some grown in their roof garden
- ‘Rush Hour‘ happy hour from 4-7 p.m. features small plates for up to $5
- Availability of biodynamic wines
- Touristy crowd and vibe
- A lot of comfort food that can be quite heavy at times
- Their $35 ‘Three-course Thursdays’ menu features local farmers market ingredients, and changes weekly.
- A lounge menu is available from 4-9:30 p.m.
- Menu items are in season from local farms.
- The wine list consists of over 125 labels including organic and biodynamic wines.
- On weekends their brunch buffet runs until 2 p.m.
Guide Review - Blvd. 16 at the Hotel Palomar in Westwood
My first visit to the Hotel Palomar was for an industry drinks mixer. It’s always nice to have an excuse to stop by a Wilshire Blvd. establishment since so often that street is a drive-by or zoom-by. The restaurant, lounge and lobby setting--though a bit gray-scaled and ‘80s for my tastes--is dimly lit making it a good first date spot.
It’s rich on menu choices--including a weekend brunch buffet, and a lounge menu, in addition to the usual breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Cocktailers will find the Lounge menu plenty filling as it includes comfort dishes like 'Mac and Chevre' (a more inventive alternative to the usual American cheese), Caesar salad and all natural beef sliders.
Therein lies the hitch for me. So much of the food is so heavy. I guess I’ve gotten so used to the usual light LA fare, that I literally no longer have the stomach for dishes like blue cheese cauliflower soup, and ribeye cap with cippolini onion puree, Yukon Gold potato and mushrooms and garlic chips. Surely, with an inevitable overflow of out-of-town guests from the hotel, Blvd. 16 has no problem piquing palettes that haven’t grown accustomed to dietary restraints. If you’re big on big food, this is your place.
The plus with Blvd. 16, is that it’s not your usual Americana comfort cuisine spot in that its chef [Richard Hodge, as of 2012] takes extra pride in making sure the ingredients are farm-fresh and sustainable. It is indeed refreshing to sample tomatoes, Fava beans, beets and carrots, for example, that taste like they’re supposed to.
There are some nice subtle touches in dishes like the halibut ceviche with Fuerte avocado, orange miso sauce, radish, Fresno chilies and potato chips. And the Fanny Bay oysters are pretty tasty too. But generally speaking, I found that subtlety wasn’t really the point of Blvd. 16. If you’re a purveyor of pizza, you’ll probably enjoy the flatbread selection including a particularly nice one with mushroom and goat cheese mousse, caramelized onions and duck confit.
Desserts can be another excursion into decadent dining with options like chocolate terrine with layers of chocolate and hazelnuts, rosemary tangerines and goat cheese ice cream, strawberry and white chocolate bread pudding with strawberry and black peppercorn sauce, and classic vanilla bean creme brulee--already quite rich but accented with shortbread cookies and candied orange.
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Breakfast: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Sun.; brunch buffet: Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; lounge menu: Mon.-Sun., 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; dinner: Mon.-Sun., 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.