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Pacific Dining Car

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2700 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, California 90403-4706, United States (310) 453-4000 Website

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      We had always been curious about the Pacific Dining Car as we live practically down the street. And when we discovered they had tea time we decided to give it a try! The atmosphere there is elegant but I still felt comfy in my finest pair of denim. I had read the website, and wasn't sure what to expect from the mysterious non-descriptive menu but was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. To start off, you get a choice champagne or sherry. I chose champagne, because hey it champagne! And then you choose from 5 types of tea, which is disappointing if you had just been to Chado in Pasadena which offers over 200 different kinds of tea. We chose the Darjeeling & Jasmine, finding them both nice. The food is brought out to you one course at a time. The first plate is 3 kinds of open-faced sandwiches which were salmon, cucumber and ham. In the middle was cheese to spread on, which I think is nice considering how everyone is lactose-intolerant these days. Next course was a raisin scone (I hate raisins!) with jam, cream & butter. I managed to deal with it by very delicately picking the raisins out as I ate bit by bite hehe. And then hiding them all under the lil piece of scone I had left. haha so ladylike eh? The finale was an assortment of sweets including an actual big slice of cheese cake. Which I thought was a lil strange to have with the other miniature sweets of a strawberry petit, lemon cookie, chocolate-covered strawberry, and chocolate tart. Overall it was a splendid time and the staff was very sweet. It's worth it to see the inside of this fun restaurant which does resemble a dining car. But I don't know if I'll be back for tea as I like more of a selection.