When I pictured breakfast at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills I imagined everything that it was not and walked away completely thrilled. I usually think of “top floor” as 50 floors up from living in New York City. It was not until I arrived at the 5th Floor, the Los Angeles version of top, of the Peninsula Hotel that I remembered how much flatter it is in my second favorite city. This is not a bad thing, just different and a testament to how used to the surroundings of “home” a person can become.
Tucked away in the intersection of Wilshire and South Santa Monica Boulevards, The Peninsula Beverly Hills has been the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel in Southern California since 1993. It was voted as the #2 ‘Best Hotel in Los Angeles’ for 2017 by the readers of Travel + Leisure. Forbes Travel Guide 2019 also recognized The Peninsula Hotels as the only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible Five-Star status across all ten of its hotels.
The Peninsula has a way of capturing the distinct energy and luxuries of each city they are located in with such a bull’s-eye, that this distinction is not a bombshell, but more a long awaited reward.
The Roof Garden Restaurant
The Roof Garden serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a true haven in the middle of a bustling city. Californian cuisine is accompanied by sparkling sunshine, poolside views, while seated in a patio garden with healthful menu options given the “Naturally Peninsula” designation to denote a low in fat and cholesterol food choice.
It does not feel more “California” than in this restaurant on this patio.
The yellow and white umbrellas keep guests protected from the warm sun and are rotated by hand throughout the meal to ensure each guest is shaded properly. The pool and cabanas are breathtaking, pristine and guarantee a celebrity sighting. I will not say who was there, but he was famous; A-List famous.
The menu has a beautiful assortment. Fruit plates, smoothies and juice blends varying from pomegranate to cold pressed wheat grass with green apple, cucumber and spinach complement more traditional American breakfast fares like two eggs any style with hash browns and bacon, or Eggs Benedict. Lighter plates are also an option with the Egg White Breakfast Burrito or Egg White Frittata with grilled vegetables. Cereals and breads are available, as is the Peninsula’s Homemade Nut granola with yogurt and berries.
We began with the California Fresh Fruit Plate. A simple mixture of blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, banana, blueberry, cantaloupe and melon. It was a nice size for the table and excellent way to get our crew to have some healthy early morning fuel.
My husband also ordered a Strawberry Banana Smoothie to get his fruit fix. We were heading to high altitude and banana helps combat altitude sickness so this was a logical and delicious choice. As we continued breakfast we decided to order our “main” courses. Fortunately we had a large breakfast, as our later flight was cancelled and we did not eat the rest of the day. This may sound excessive but we were really thankful by day’s end that we had this lovely meal.
My husband ordered the Egg White Breakfast Burrito with Grilled Tofu, Charred Vegetables, Black Beans and Salsa, a very well balanced choice that he had trouble finishing, which is a good thing. It is satisfying and packed with healthy proteins and carbohydrates to fuel your day.
My son went with a Belgian Waffle plain. He is a connoisseur of waffles. Some places he will not eat them and this he ate every last piece. He told us it was the best waffle he had ever had.
I chose the Cholesterol-Free Frittata with Tomatoes, Capers and Smoked Salmon and wow! It was delicious. The presentation and taste were perfect. It was absolutely a menu choice that given the opportunity I will order again.
The Lunch and Dinner Menu is a thoughtful variety of light fare such as Ahi Tuna Chop-Chop Poke made with avocado, ponzu, nori, sesame and radish and Chilled Watermelon Salad with feta, pickled rind, house grown mint, marinated in a sherry vinaigrette or heartier options like the Hangar Steak Chimichurri with Russian Corn and black beans, and the Black Bean Quinoa Burger with Portobello, cilantro cabbage Cole slaw, guacamole and French fries.
Chefs often BBQ on the patio giving the space a casual, catered backyard party in the sky vibe.
This is definitely a place to check out when visiting Los Angeles. Should you wish to book a cabana to complete your experience, contact (310)-551-2888 or visit www.peninsula.com for additional information.
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Writer with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. Her credits include Sales and Marketing for with PRADA USA Corp., followed by a jump in to the world of beauty as an Esthetician followed by Spa Manager at Jurlique, Spa Manager and Client Relationship Manager and Digital Business Development coordinator position at Amore Pacific where celebrity clients were and remain confidential and her column, “Ask Angela,” was featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. She has also been a contributor for Beauty to Shape and Fitness Magazines.
A side job as a Hospital Victim on “As the World Turns,” and a correspondent on the now defunct lifestyle web series “Tangerine Living,” Angela is no stranger to juggling multiple positions and has built quite the resume. A move to The New York Daily News as Training and Employee Relations Manager with a night and weekend gig as make up artist for runway shows, (she studies in Los Angeles with Amy Ward) including Vogue Bambino and multiple commercials, Angela became a Mom, her best and most important credit to date.
Since Motherhood, Angela has been a Brand Ambassador for the skin line Patchology, featured in Saks Fifth Avenue in store and on air with CBS News segment “Patch me Pretty.” She has been a beauty guest for QVC, and the founder of her own social media communications business, helping business owners to share their digital voice. Actively involved with Smart Children with Learning Differences, her most favorite down time hobby is discovering the best in beauty, travel and fashion around the United States.
Angela is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications and Writing, where she appeared on the University Union News as an Anchor and on The Beat of Syracuse, Z89 as a DJ. Angela has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Working with AlphaLuxe is a unique opportunity, “to share what I am most passionate about. Living your best life. In her spare time, you can find Angela running, practicing yoga, taking her son to one of his sports practices. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, son, and chihuahuas.