Kosher in Valley Village for a business lunch
I need to find a kosher place in North Hollywood for a business lunch. Meat or dairy, doesn't matter whichever. I've been to Golan on Victory and it was OK, but nothing special. I've been to Fish In The Valley on Burbank and Whitsett and while the fish was excellent, it smells funny and it's definitely not a place for a business meeting.
It's in a couple of weeks, so we don't need to worry about Tisha B'Av.
We don't have time to go to Pico/Robertson, so it has to be North Hollywood -- please don't suggest Pat's or Magic Carpet. Burbank, Glendale, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks and Studio City are all fine, but no further than that please!
Also if you can tell me who the hashgacha is by, I don't know how strict this person is.
Yes, I've never eaten there, but I once bought some fish there. Not much of a fish market, and I didn't like the prices. If you want fish, Cafe del Mar across Whitsett is probably better. Le Sushi is pretty good, if you don't mind crowded. Orange Delight, at Ventura at a cross street close to Woodman, is a very decent fast-medium food meat restaurant with acceptable prices and more space around the tables than is usual in kosher fast-food restaurants. You could get some decent food there, with enough room to talk. Not a find dining experience, but could be acceptable for a casual business lunch.
Is "Fish in the Valley" Cafe del Mar? If it is, it's not a terrible place. A crowded sushi place that's OK is Le Sushi next door to Cafe del Mar. I find Golan to have been terrible when we went. There's a good sushi/salad place in Encino called "Cafe Bonjour", and it's not too crowded, but there's little parking available.
No, the place I was talking about is on the other side of Whitsett, on the southeast corner, in the corner of the shopping centre with the kosher bakery and the Judaica shop and (l'havdil) the 7-Eleven. It's essentially a fish market that will cook the fish for you and serve it with fries (feh!) and Israeli salad (batamteh!).
I can't help you with what restaurants in the Valley are actually worth eating at (I think they're all casual), but I can point you to lists of what restaurants are out there:
This is Kosherquest's 2005 West Coast Dining Guide. It is exhaustive, and identifies the hashgacha of each place. The 2006 Guide should be coming out soon.