A posh haven for the rich and famous that redefines luxury

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

The European-style Montage Beverly Hills  exudes class. But that’s not to say it’s in any way stuffy.  The staff is always friendly and welcoming.  Even the valets who take your car at the porte-cochere–which is usually lined with limos, vintage wheels and high-priced rides—-are amiable. And smiling faces greet you as you enter the lush lobby.

Located in Beverly Hills Golden Triangle  Montage  embraces old world charm and elegance.  We were there to try The Restaurant, which is the latest incantation of the room which had different names and styles over the year. This one opened in 2018 and looks like a winner.

Before heading to dinner we just had to go back to 10 £ Pound  for drinks. The handsome lounge  is a private, celebrity-centric hideaway that’s about as posh as it gets.  Although a predominately a high-priced whiskey bar specializing in precious scotch, you can order what you want.

We opted for a martini (for Richard) and a glass of Chardonnay both served in Lalique crystal glasses. As always, the martini was perfectly prepared, the wine served at the proper temperature. We nibbled on  a bowl of divine candied pistachios (warning, you can’t eat just one) and a glass filled with cold, crisp bodacious bacon (the best available), and a plate of aged Gouda that melted in the mouth.

One could have spent hours there but dinner awaited downstairs. And quite a meal it was. We had a lovely booth with a view of the handsome room.  The chef prepared a special tasting menu for us so we just sat back with more drinks, another perfect martini for  Richard and a tasty Pinot Noir for me.

Delightful dining

Mini fry bread starter photographed by Richard Pietschmann

 Starter courses at The Restaurant at Montage Beverly Hills

Then the courses arrived. First a delightfully different mini fry bread that came with prosciutto topped with juniper tarragon and chili.  Next came a panzanella salad with ripe heirloom tomatoes, pickled red onions, Thai basil and these crunch, delicious croutons.

Montage Beverly Hills Restaurant

Next course was a crunchy corn agnolotti with ramp butter, charred scallions sprinkled with hazelnut oil. This was followed by the piece de resistance. A tender, juicy filet mignon, perfectly grilled and accompanied by stewed cabbage and three cheese potato croquettes(oh were they tasty).

We were running out of room until our server brought dessert. No way could any civilized person forgo this delicious looking strawberry rhubarb cheese cake with amazing peanut butter cookies and strawberry meringue. It was heavenly.

The 201-room Montage Beverly Hills quietly caters to a discerning crowd who appreciate the discretion afforded them. It’s not as open to the public as say the Beverly Hills Hotel or Peninsula, more like the Hotel Bel-Air in a way, without the lake, swans and massive grounds. Even though it’s more like an urban hotel, Montage’s many amenities make it feel like a resort. There’s a lovely spa, fitness center, outdoor pool on the top floor, two restaurants, a boutique, hair salon and lots of special treats such as a personal shopper and free limo service around the area.

If you’re planning to visit Los Angeles Montage Beverly Hills  deserves a spot high up on your  list of places to stay or dine. And there’s also a top notch spa offering world class head to toe treatments.




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