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Birthday dinner... Chinois vs. Josie

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kra81 Nov 21, 2006 04:09 PM

Hi all... taking my boyfriend out for his birthday Saturday night. we've narrowed it down to Josie or Chinois. We love Josie but are curious to try Chinois (and yes, we love Mako). Curious what you would choose? thanks!

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    glutton RE: kra81 Nov 21, 2006 04:42 PM

    Try Chinois. It's good and you'ev never been there.

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      slacker RE: kra81 Nov 21, 2006 05:35 PM

      I haven't been to Josie, but I'd go to Josie. Actually there are many other places I'd try or go to again before I go back to Chinois. The concept of very overpriced, completely westernized Asian food is a little bizarre to me; especially in L.A. where you can easily get the real deal.

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        New Trial RE: kra81 Nov 21, 2006 07:24 PM

        The food at Chinois is wonderful but it is much noisier than Josie or Mako and far less comfortable (not designed to encourage lingering).

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          swsnan RE: kra81 Nov 21, 2006 07:29 PM

          Josie to wayyyy to cramped for my taste. Chinois is noisy, but the food is teriffic.

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            Babette RE: swsnan Nov 23, 2006 12:13 AM

            Get a booth at Josie, if you can for two, nothing cramped about it.

          2. cookie monster RE: kra81 Nov 21, 2006 10:40 PM

            assuming it's just the two of you going to dinner, i'd probably pick josie. i love both places, but the food at chinois is for the most part large portions that are meant to be shared - like when i've been with 4 people we'd typically order only 2 appetizers, 3 mains and maybe a vegetable. so with two people, you don't get to sample that many items unless you seriously over-order.

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              mrpants RE: cookie monster Nov 22, 2006 12:01 AM

              I agree with the Cookie Monster. Chinois, while it is great, is better for larger groups. Josie, while cramped, would be a better choice for just a couple. Have you thought about Joe's in Venice?

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              New Trial RE: kra81 Nov 22, 2006 06:57 PM

              I have never found Josie's to be uncomfortably cramped (certainly less so than Chinois and no more than Joe's) and have taken several dates there.

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                Marianne RE: kra81 Nov 23, 2006 01:48 AM

                My $.02: the last time I ate at Chinois the food was so good I wanted to go in the kitchen and enslave myself the exec chef if he would promise to feed me for life....

                Happy B-day to your boyfriend!

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                  surfroger RE: kra81 Nov 23, 2006 06:30 PM

                  I have been consistently disappointed at Chinois. Forget about a quiet conversation at this cramped hideously 80's appointed place. The food is great, but it is better suited for a party than a romantic dinner. Joise's has a more classic feel with some inventive dishes, solid wine list, and professional staff.

                  Consider Giorgio Baldi, Spago, Sam's or Lucques

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