Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Proof is in the Pudding, or Custard!

Egg Custard Lulu is back!

We were very sad when the final Hamburger Hamlet restaurant closed during the summer.  This was the one on Van Nuys Boulevard, just north of Ventura in Sherman Oaks.  Although we don't get out to that part of the Valley too often, it was comforting to know that at least one remnant of my youth was still around.  We went to the West Hollywood Hamlet on Sunset Boulevard when it closed in 2011.  True, the Lewis family hadn't run the restaurant in decades and the food quality had suffered greatly, but the physical restaurant was still there with those red leather booths and comfy chairs.
A few weeks ago, the Valley Hamlet re-opened under new ownership.  The new owners have brought back old favorites that had faded from the menu during the corporate days.  Yippee!!!
We were in the northern regions of L.A. on Saturday, so we decided to take a trip across the Valley and have an early dinner at the resurrected HH.  The interior and exterior are the same.  We were told that much of the same staff has returned.  The menu is FABOO!
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We started our meal by sharing a bowl of Lobster Bisque.  Sublime.  There were even chunks of lobster in the soup, garlic toast on the side.  
Lobster Bisque

Larry ordered the Marilyn Burger with cheese, avocado, lettuce and tomato.  I ordered the Mushroom Burger with sauteed mushrooms, onions, swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato.  Both burgers were delicious.   
Marilyn Burger

Mushroom Burger

I really wanted to order the Egg Custard "Lulu" for dessert, but we were just too full.  Next time, I'll go for a total cream and fat dinner with the Bisque and Lulu, no burger!  Hah!
We arrived early, around 5pm and had the place to ourselves.  By the time we left, after 7pm, the place was packed!  So glad that Hamburger Hamlet is back!

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At 8:36 AM PDT, Blogger prsc said...

When we were living at Natalie's place in the Valley we ate here at least once a week. Glad it's back.


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