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Westside: Fun (maybe small plates) for 10 on a Saturday

akofner Dec 5, 2007 09:43 AM

Hey everyone,

I'm looking for a rec for 6 - 10 people for next Saturday. Nothing too expensive or too cheap. Westside preferably.

The ideal was getting Musha's backroom but it's booked. Anything similar on Sawtelle that someone can recommend? It doesn't have to be a private room.

I tried Cobras and Matadors but they don't seat more than 6 on Fri/Sat.

Many thanks!

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    fdb Dec 5, 2007 10:34 PM

    Check out Raku in WLA (Olympic & Barrington). Japanese/Korean small plates. Very tasty and reasonably priced. They have a semi-private area with a long table in the back that'll be perfect for you. Call and reserve now.


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      yogachik Dec 5, 2007 02:03 PM

      Arsenal on the patio is an idea. Their food is surprisingly good - everything from small plates to entrees. I love, love, love their grilled cheese sandwich plate, with tomato soup dipping sauce.

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        Nicole Dec 5, 2007 02:02 PM

        Agree on Violet. Maybe 2117 on Sawtelle? I haven't been there in a long time, but I seem to remember small plates and moderate prices? I do remember that it was quite good.

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        1. re: Nicole
          Nicole Dec 6, 2007 10:39 AM

          I also just remembered Upstairs 2. Fun factor is small plates and the fact that you can get small 2.5 oz pours of wine, so you can try more different wines if you want. Food is good, but not amazing. Menu is on their website: http://www.upstairs2.com/

        2. wilafur Dec 5, 2007 01:03 PM

          almost forgot......i went to santino's on sunday. it's a tapas and beer joint on lincoln near marine. very friendly service and the food was pretty darn good.

          they have over 80 beers on tap or by the bottle.

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          1. re: wilafur
            Ciao Bob Dec 5, 2007 03:09 PM

            What kind of food, wiafur? I have passed this place a million times but never heard anything about it.

            1. re: Ciao Bob
              wilafur Dec 6, 2007 08:57 AM

              i would guess spanish/argentinean/maybe italian?

              for example we had: baked empanadas, cheese & charcuterie, caprese salad, grilled skirt steak.

              they mentioned that they have paella day as well once a week...but i don't remember the exact day.

              1. re: wilafur
                hrhboo Dec 6, 2007 09:01 AM

                Thanks for this. I live nearby and always wondered about that place. It's in such an odd location but I suppose many places in LA are. Someone from my office once brought in a sandwich from there, it was the size of a Welcome mat. They apparently have over 80 beers on the menu. Who knew?

                1. re: hrhboo
                  wilafur Dec 6, 2007 09:19 AM

                  when my friends and i had a late lunch there on sunday, sebastian mentioned that they are in the process of sourcing more beer and are aiming to have +/- 120 beers available in the near future.

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                    SauceSupreme Dec 6, 2007 09:31 AM

                    [dropping spoon]

                    One hundred and twenty beers? Welcome-mat-sized sandwiches? Where are my car keys?

                    Wait, is it related to the Santino's on Vine and Fountain?

                    1. re: SauceSupreme
                      hrhboo Dec 6, 2007 09:45 AM

                      I don't think they're related. The food doesn't get great reviews, but it seems like a fun place to sink a few.

          2. wilafur Dec 5, 2007 10:29 AM

            you can check out izakaya sasaya.

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            1. re: wilafur
              TracyS Dec 5, 2007 11:40 AM

              Second this. There's sort of a side room that would seat a large party in a long table by the window.

              I think Furaibo and Terried Sake House would be too smokey and cramped.

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