Sometimes I think you all get tired of me saying it, but I really do think Los Angeles is a city with so much to offer. Since plopping myself down here 32 years ago, I feel as though I’ve been on a constant vacation. It’s not just Kardashians and Justin Bieber here in the City of Angels, but a wide array of spectacular cultural activities. The one place at the top of my list for anyone to visit, whether you live locally or are visiting from out-of-town is the Getty Museum.
Guys, go visit just for the architecture alone. Flawlessly designed by Richard Meier, it boasts 16,000 tons of stunning travertine stone imported from Italy, gardens, fountains and an outstanding collection of art from the Middle Ages to present time. My personal favorite is the Renaissance Art…just sayin’. The campus is so expansive, you never at any time feel as though it’s crowded. Admission to the museum is free, but parking is $15.00. Guests are shuttled from the parking lot up to the museum by a nifty little train, so they make it very easy for you to get around.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you guessed it…there’s a restaurant there. The Restaurant at the Getty melds perfectly with the museum itself. It’s walls of glass expose the view of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The food is fresh, modern and artistically prepared. It’s really very civilized. White tablecloths, shimmering glassware and a very attentive staff make it an extremely enjoyable experience. As soon as we were seated a plate of fresh breads and olive tapenade were placed on the table, and between the four of us, it was gone in 3 minutes. So they brought more.
We all tried to order something different, and passed the dishes around the table so everyone could have a taste. We started off with the Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Toasted Croutons. It was fresh and flavorful, and so we gave it a thumbs up.
A group favorite was the English Pea Risotto. It was the perfect springtime dish as it was light in flavor and not overly rich like a risotto can tend to be.
We followed up with two salads. As I order Cobb salads everywhere I go I consider myself a bit of an expert on the Cobb and this one was great. The other salad was a Roasted Beet Salad with Toasted Pistachios, which I have to say had so many really tasty elements in it.
Since the four of us are major sweets eaters, we had to end the lunch with a bit of dessert. We didn’t feel guilty since you definitely will walk off your meal at the museum, so we ordered the Citrus Tart with Edible Flowers. I can’t say that I ever had edible flowers before, but it made for a lovely presentation. Appetizers at The Restaurant range from $9 to $16 and entrees were $17 to $28. I have spent more on meals at other Los Angeles restaurants that were not as good as this. Between the museum and the restaurant, it’s really a very special day. I hope you’ll get a chance to check it out some time.
The Getty Museum 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles CA 90049 310-440-6810