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Help!!! Birthday dinner for a chef!!!

I need help!!! I'm looking for a nice reasonably priced romantic restaurant for my boyfriend's 30th birthday dinner. He's a chef so it's been very hard looking for something different. His specialty is Italian food so I'm trying to stay away from that. Looking for something more exotic so it will surprise him. Any suggestions please??? Thanks......

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  1. i'd say ethiopian or just regular old mexican - how can you go wrong with margaritas and lots of cheese?

    or go for a great view and just ok food - like moonshadows (the deck) or geoffrey's.

    where are you located?

    1. We are both in Sherman Oaks but I guess it doesn't really matter where the restaurant is. The problem I found is that his birthday is on Monday and a lot of restaurants are closed on Mondays. Food is more important than the view. I want to stay away from the mainstream restaurants. This is a tough one!

      1. I'll second the rec for Ethiopian. What about Moroccan food also, especially if there are belly dancers involved? The throw pillows, the dim lights...

        1. At the risk of sound like a broken record :) I would recommend Opus. They are open on Mondays and, IMHO, their chef is one of the best around (and the price is right). I just reviewed it on my blog yesterday:
          http://rainydaysandsundays-c.blogspot...

          Clare K.

          1. I was looking into Tagine for Morocaan food but they are closed on Monday. Which Ethiopian restaurants do you guys recommend? I'm hoping for something leaning towards the romantic side. Thanks, Clare I will take a look at Opus.