Birthday dinner for 20 in South Bay?
Really short notice as I have been lagging on getting my birthday plans in order.
I'm looking for a place that has good food for about 20 people and less than $20 per person for this Saturday.
I have already done Krung Thai for the past 2 birthday dinners and I'm looking for something new.
Also, if anyone knows of a bar that isn't full of college kids (no offense it's just that my friends are all late 20's early 30's) that has music for dancing and a fun atmosphere, I would love to know about it.
Last year we went to Sofa Lounge and had a great time but they have since closed. Since I don't go bar hopping that much, I have no idea where to go. I generally stay away from Studio 8, Vault type places since it's too much meat market for me.
Thanks for the help!
re: Melanie Wong
Thanks for asking Melanie!
Party was great!. 18 people total. We were seated outside. They put together about 7 tables for us. The people at Cafe Artemis are extremely nice! We were there from 6:30 to about 9:30 just talking, eating and drinking. The main lady, I can't recall her name, is just wonderful. I've been there often enough where she now recognizes my face and she greeted me with a hug and said "happy birthday."
Service was good. There was only one time where someone got up to get a server. They were very attentive even though they had people inside and our party was outside. Water and bread was refilled as soon as we asked. They brought us extra pita with no charge. We sat down and glasses were filled with water. We ordered both the red and white sangria. The interesting thing is they put the fruit in the wine glasses and the pitcher of sangria comes seperately. It was ok. Not the best I've had but definitely not the worst. I enjoyed the white sangria a lot more than the red. I think the first batch we got was a little light. They came and asked if we were feeling it yet and no one was. The 2nd batch was better, a little stronger but still not that potent.
We started with the Meze Sampler- Combination meze platter with falafel, dolma, hummus, tabouli & babaganush, Lentil Kofte, Lebni, and Ezme. Everyone enjoyed this a lot. We had a lot of people trying Mediterrean food for the 1st time and they liked everything. The server was very nice and explained the items to the newbies.
We all ordered seperate dishes and of course picked off each others plates. I'll give a rundown of what dishes we had at the table.
Classic Greek Salad with chicken-Cucumber, tomato, red onion, capers, olives and feta with fresh lemon and olive oil was good. Chicken tasted like it had been marinated and it was cooked perfectly, still moist. Good portion too.
Combination Kebab Platter- samplings of beef shish, chicken shish, adana kebab, Lamb Kofte, doner (gyro) & grilled vegetables. This is for 2 people but could very well feed 4. Everything was so good on this platter! Nice flavor, cooked perfectly, moist, tender and juicy. The veggies had a nice bite to them, not soggy in the least.
Swordfish Kebab-Citrus marinated Swordfish with tomato, onions, peppers grilled & served with rice pilaf. Very tasty. The fish was nice and fresh, juicy and full of flavor. I would have liked more pieces, there were about 6. Two people split this meal and it was more than enough with the meze sampler.
Lamb Beyendi- Lamb sautéed with tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers & olive oil, served over smoked eggplant puree. This is my favorite dish at this place. The lamb is fresh, succulent, tender and tasty and I love the eggplant puree.
Chicken Beyendi- Rosemary and garlic marinated chicken breast sautéed with tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers and olive oil, served over eggplant puree. Also good. Only white mean chicken and very moist.
Lamb Kofte-Traditional ground lamb patties with toasted cumin, grilled and served with rice pilaf, tzatziki and grilled vegetables. Even people who don't like or eat lamb loved this. It is just good. Not gamey at all. HAd about 3 patties and again, two people split this meal.
Classic Turkish Doner (gyro)- Thin slices of marinated grilled beef and lamb with rice pilaf and grilled vegetables. I didn't get to try this but it looked really good.
We brought a cheesecake and they kindly put it in the kitchen for us and brought it out later with candles on it. They provided the candles for us. They brought us a knife, plates and utencils when we served it as well.
Overall I loved my birthday dinner and I love the food at Cafe Artemis!
re: Melanie Wong
Per my post, the night we were there a solo guitarist was playing accompanied by an electronic band in the box with a lot of reverb. Eurotrash feeling. It's a small place --- with 20 people, you'd have nearly half of it to yourself. You might call to ask about special requests.