Remember the epic brunch I was treated to at the Crescent Beverly Hills?
Since I don’t drink any alcohol, she tested out the booze!
Monday through Friday from 4-7pm, Bar Manager Joe Harworth creates a large, market-fresh punchbowl, complimentary to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis (until it’s gone). Last night he did a spin on the Pimm’s Cup – Joy said it was delicious, with a nice kick from the Ginger Beer.
She also enjoyed the Gin Lotus and Strawberry Sin off their specialty cocktail menu, filled with freshly-squeezed fruit juices
I stuck to water and Diet Coke…
…I came for the FOOD!
We split almost everything off their happy hour menu, prepared by Lenora Marouani, whose pedigree includes Michelin-starred restaurants at the Wynn Hotel. Just like her creations at brunch, they are mouthwateringly exquisite.
Squash blossoms stuffed with herbed ricotta and deep fried with an arugula pesto
Bacon Cheddar Arancini
…a.k.a. deep fried Risotto + Chive Aioli
Kobe Beef Sliders…
…juicy and tender…
…topped with melted Monterey Jack, truffle aioli, and pea shoots
And finally, Honey Harissa Chicken Wings + Pomme Frites
The chicken was the only dish we didn’t love – it just tasted hot and spicy, no sweetness from the honey. And the mint feta cheese dip did little to make up for the lack of flavor in the actual meat.
I wound up eating only a few bites from two pieces.
Polished off most of the fries though! Cooked with garlic and dusted with sumac…
…dipped in a whole lotta pomegranate ketchup
Each of these menu items are very reasonably priced – only $5 each! The specialty cocktails are 12 bucks a pop, so if you’re watching your $$$, arrive early enough for the free punch bowl.
“Punchbowl Happy Hour” (and the weekend “Hair of the Dog Brunch“) will continue through October 2nd. I highly recommend both!