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Gorikee, Marrakesh, or other ideas?

Rissibear579 Jan 24, 2008 04:53 PM

I've never been to Gorikee, but it sounds good. But I'm a vegetarian. I didn't see many veggie options on the menu, but does anyone know if they can accommodate me?

I love Marrakesh, but it is a bit too pricey. Anyone know of something similar? I also really like Indian food, but I don't know which places are really good (for food and atmosphere). Area is flexible- I live in Santa Clarita, but family lives in Woodland Hills, and friends live in Los Feliz and Hollywood, so anything in these areas is fine.

I'm just looking for a fun, unique, tasty place to celebrate my birthday tomorrow night with about 12-15 people. Would prefer to keep price under $20 per person. I'm hoping for somewhere with a nice atmosphere, that's fun, maybe has some entertainment... just something a little different (I'm open to chains as long as it's still a little special for my birthday).

My ideal place would be: $20 or less, vegetarian friendly (with meat options for the others), fun, nice atmosphere, quiet enough to have a conversation (but doesn't have to be silent). Valley is the most convenient for me, but like I said there will be people from all over, so it's not the only option.

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    compucook RE: Rissibear579 Jan 24, 2008 05:01 PM

    No one here has ever mentioned that Gorikee has a really seedy outside appearance. We were there years ago when it opened and not all that delighted. As it's mentioned here frequently we dropped in on a Sunday or Monday evening to give it another shot. It was locked up tight! Maybe it was their day off, but the fencing in the back corner of a shopping center wasn't very attractive or welcoming.

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      Rissibear579 RE: compucook Jan 24, 2008 05:08 PM

      wow, thanks!

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        WHills RE: compucook Jan 24, 2008 06:08 PM

        Gorikee's is closed on Mondays.

        It's kind of a no-frills place, but where else can you get a yummy rib eye for under $20 made in a really pretty way.

        You can pay the extra $10 for nice decor, but the price is the beauty of Gorikee's.

      2. Emme RE: Rissibear579 Jan 24, 2008 06:38 PM

        Hugo's is affordable and veggie friendly.

        Alcazar if you want ethnic.

        Tapas at Ole Tapas Bar

        Stanley's is affordable, has a nice patio (though not for tomorrow), and a nice wine list.

        Cucina Bene is affordable Italian on Sepulveda south of Ventura. Sisley is there too (personally, like their salads a lot).

        But, if your family and friends will tolerate vegetarian (really good vegetarian), I'd also consider Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana.

        1. paso_gurl_100 RE: Rissibear579 Jan 24, 2008 06:48 PM

          The first thing that comes to mind (not about being similar to Marrakesh, but with entertainment) is Miceli's in Universal City. They are not too spendy and can accomodate a large party. Italian is pretty vegetarian friendly?

          1. purplescout RE: Rissibear579 Jan 24, 2008 09:10 PM

            Woodlands Indian restaurant would be my rec if you are looking for something in the vicinity of Woodland Hills. It's a little north of that in Chatsworth...roughly Topanga and Devonshire. They have a great selection of vegetarian options and it's all really delicious. Definitely in your price range. The atmosphere isn't the attraction here - it's not unpleasant, just plain.

            Another place to consider is Madeleine bistro www.madeleinebistro.com in Tarzana. This is an upscale vegetarian place - - definitely a good place for a birthday celebration. You'll definitely exceed your budget of $20 per person though.

            Happy Birthday!

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