In need of fabulous, delicious, fun place for 60th Birthday feast!
Can you recommend some not too pricey places in LA, or SFV for a group of 10. Moraccan?? Middle Eastern? Indian? Or something else. Nice atmosphere a big plus.
tastebuds (just joined the site after reading posts for months-what was I waiting for)
I'd be interested to try Koutuobia. I have to, sadly, post a non-recommendation for Moun of Tunis. We live walking distance and I've been going there for decades; my wife has belly danced there. It's always been the El Coyote of Moroccan: you can usually forgive the hit and miss food because the ambiance is so much fun. But the last few times we've gone, the service has been brusque bordering on nasty, and the food certainly hasn't improved. Not the kind of atmosphere you want for a Special Day.
Lum Ka Naad in Northridge for excellent Thai food and nice dining area? Itzik Hagadol in Encino for Israeli? Picca in West LA/Fairfax for upscale Peruvian? Musha or Torihei in Torrance for fun Japanese izakaya/yakitori experience?
1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501
Lum-ka-naad Thai Restaurant
8920 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501
Itzik Hagadol Grill
17201 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91316
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Stop! Go no further! Your search is over! Go to Koutoubia, a Moroccan restaurant on Westwood Blvd between Olympic and Santa Monica. You simply can't do better for both food, ambience and personal attention. You really feel as if you've been transported to Morocco. Michel, the proprietor and chef, is a delightful, gracious character - you feel you're in his home, sitting among the pillows and banquettes. It's both spacious and intimate and not noisy like Carousel or darkly cramped like Marouch.
He will cook to order, or make suggestions - your Dad will have a totally SPLENDID, memorable birthday. I've been to all the above mentioned places and this is , hands down, by far the best for what you need. And the prices are reasonable. It's a gem - I'm 61 and if it were my birthday, and my rotten children had any imagination, this is where I'd ask for.
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2116 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025-6331
2116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
I can tell you about two Moroccan restaurants that have a fun, lively atmosphere with belly dancers that are part of the entertainment as well as good food; however, they're both in Hollywood, so hopefully, that won't be an issue.
Of the two, Moun of Tunis will cost you less, but Dar Maghreb really looks beautiful inside, so I think that's appropriate for a higher-end birthday party.
I've been to both and enjoyed both experiences, but they just had very different ambiances. Take a look at the pictures on the website links above and that should give you an idea.
I've also heard of a French Moroccan restaurant called Chameau, which I think is in the Los Feliz area. I've never eaten there myself, but I have heard very good things about it. You can check it out at:
Good luck in your search!
Have you considered Carousel (304 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 246-7775) or Marouch (4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 662-9325)? Both have excellent Lebanese food, and are great fun with a large group, where you can try lots of stuff and share dishes. I think Marouch has one of the best roast chickens in town, cooked to order so order it as you're walking in the door. Also, love their yellow lentil soup. Atmosphere is probably nicer at Carousel, though.
Can't help you on Moroccan or Indian; sorry.
(Btw, welcome to the board, and happy b-day!)