Recently someone absent-mindedly spoke of another “food writer”‘s disdain of abbreviation usage on this site. To that there’s this perfect retort:. fu. WeHo, OBVIOUSLY, is West Hollywood. In case anyone else was wondering: ELA = East LA, HH is Happy Hour, DTLA = Downtown LA = DT LA = “D-Town”? And now you know…

In WeHo, BAD (Broke Ass Dining) is a rare sight. This particular specimen escaped us for months. Sunday supper at “The Hall at The Palihouse” had to be googled calendared a month ahead so it wouldn’t be missed. And damnit, at the end of the dinner, everyone was thanking google calendar, which, btw, syncs with Outlook…

Take home point: 3 perfectly portioned courses, $19. S. Irene/LA Times only gave The Hall 1/2 a star. Ouch. But for the price, for the location, for the grub, for the tremendous service, this place deserves a whopping 3 star on Sundays. Lucques can keep it’s $45 version of Sunday supper; The Hall has comfy wooly gray blankies for every guest, The Hall has country washcloths for napkins .

The Hall’s Sunday Supper menu is no longer publicly listed on the website, so here it is for your stalking pleasure. Caveat emptor: previously linked Sunday supper menu happens to be…. NOT what was served that nite:

App – Gazpacho soup (in a cup) topped with shrimp ceviche on crostini.
The chef purposely used unripened tomatoes for the gazpacho, created a perfect compliment to the citrus cooked shrimp. The cucumber was pureed together with tomatoes for a completely refreshing taste. Together with the great bread served (from Breadbar, IIRC), this 3 oz soup was the perfect beginning to the dinner.

Main – braised lamb shank, rattatouile, pomme maxine.
There is no fiscal logic to why a $19 prix fixe would include difficult item such as rattatouille, or expensive meats such as lamb shank – granted, the shank is the cheaper cut of sheep, but the concoction just worked. There is no fiscal logic to why a main within a $19 prix fixe would be this tasty. It didn’t have to be.

Dessert – Pavlova with creme Chantilly and berry compote
With this dessert, the chef demonstrates he is a culinary name dropper. Potato’s via Maxim’s in Paris, an uber historical and expensive restaurant, dessert carrying the name of a famous ballerina, creme of a … well.. you get the idea. With this dessert, The Hall wears its qualifications for the Broke Ass Dining badge proudly. This is quality stuff, offered at cut-throat prices. Again, there’s no logic to why these 3 dishes would cost you less than a meal at TGI Fridays while offering the service on par with finer dining rooms in LA.

And for that, I freaking LOVE THIS PLACE. That’s right folks. No one else on the blogsphere has commented on the Sunday dinner. Sorry Jar, sorry Campanile, sorry DineLA. Your bargains are no bargains at’all.

Other bloggers’ take: The Hall, per “Hotel Chatter”
Alli411 loves the gray fleecy blankets

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  • TikiChick

    Whoa! Awesome deal, thanks for the heads up.

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  • Steve

    I love the Hall, too. You forgot to mention that the spacious patio easily accommodates strollers.

    Steve´s last blog post..Chicago: Gregg’s Barnyard Tour

  • TonyC

    you know I eat babies right?

  • Steve

    If you’d eat dizi, you’d eat a baby.

    Steve´s last blog post..Chicago: Gregg’s Barnyard Tour

  • sook

    wow. what a steal. it does look a little dainty though.

  • TonyC

    Sook, if “dainty” means “perfectly portioned”, then yes. I was very content, or as the Chinese would say: “70% full”. Hayon wanted to eat more, I fit into size 28 jeans.

  • ronnie

    19 bucks is such a steal. jiraffe has ‘wednesday ravioli’ nights that i MIGHT want to check out.

    ronnie´s last blog post..Again with the Denim Jacket Sightings.

  • Liz

    Two Questions:

    1) Do I need to reserve a month in advance?

    2) Did it look like there was room for walk-ins, like at a bar or something? Never been there.

    Liz´s last blog post..Candied Bacon, Truffled Eda Mame & The Notebook: You Know You Want It

  • TonyC

    Liz, no need to book a month in advance. Sunday nite in WeHo is… well.. perfectly dead. The bar is more of a lounge. I didn’t see anyone eating, but it’s a REALLY lovely lounge. There’s also a seafood bar (as pictured) for sit-down. There was plenty of room that particular Sunday. Would love to hear what you think!

  • sassy

    holy cow that is a bargain…

  • choisauce

    u had me at braised lamb shank

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  • Gastronomer

    TonyC – Those that can’t appreciate acronyms shouldn’t be welcomed on Sino Soul. It’s like, your style, man.

    Gastronomer´s last blog post..Taihei Restaurant – Monterey Park

  • Pam

    oh my, you wouldn’t ever expect a place that was shown on ‘the hills’ to have good food at a good price! (yes, i do watch silly trash tv)

    Pam´s last blog post..Rock Star Lunch Tour, Day Three: Rockstars Are People Too

  • BoLA

    Hey SinoSoul! Thanks for stopping by… By accident, my finger hit the wrong button on my iPhone and your comment got deleted. Eep! Yeah, our B.A.D. at Dominick’s was a vegetarian dinner that night, but it looks like they’ve got meat in this upcoming weekend’s lineup. And after reading your great B.A.D. at The Hall, I’ll have to check it out! :)

    BoLA´s last blog post..Sunday Supper at Dominick’s, West Hollywood

  • Free Babies Stuff

    Thanks for the info. Finally found a great place to dine.
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