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French and/or Sushi restaurants for special occasion?

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claudiamcd Mar 20, 2008 12:01 PM

Can anyone recommend a great French or Sushi restuarant in LA or Pasadena area for a birthday for a major foodie chef? We don't want to break the bank, but we do want great food and atmosphere for this friend coming in from Denver. Any suggestions?

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    frank828 RE: claudiamcd Mar 20, 2008 12:11 PM

    maison akira in pasadena

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      frank828 RE: frank828 Mar 20, 2008 12:12 PM

      some reviews of the place http://www.yelp.com/biz/maison-akira-...

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        Diana RE: frank828 Mar 20, 2008 12:13 PM

        there you go, you get both in one package!

        Also, for French, I like Chez Mimi in Santa Monica (OK, neither LA OR Pasadena, but damn good!)

        Does it have to be sushi, or wil any great Japanese do? Is the San Fernando Valley OK?

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          claudiamcd RE: Diana Mar 20, 2008 01:42 PM

          We would prefer sushi. I always forget about Shiro, amazing food but decor stinks! Any other suggestions? I'd like to have a small list to choose from.

      2. hrhboo RE: claudiamcd Mar 20, 2008 12:40 PM

        Shiro is wonderful, as is its sister restaurant Orris.

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          josephnl RE: claudiamcd Mar 20, 2008 08:12 PM

          It's more of a California/American cuisine place, but it's absolutely dependable and probably the best place in Pasadena...the Parkway Grill. I think it's great place to take an out-of-town foodie chef. You can't miss there!

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            claudiamcd RE: josephnl Mar 24, 2008 12:28 PM

            I agree I love Parkway Grill, but we are looking for specifically Sushi or French. We can go into LA I don't want to rule that out. We just don't want to drive as far as Malibu or the OC.

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            Obessed RE: claudiamcd Mar 24, 2008 12:32 PM

            Celedon offers some sushi...it's more Asian fusion small plates. But the atmosphere is fun and lively and the food is really good.

            1. tatertotsrock RE: claudiamcd Mar 24, 2008 10:05 PM

              SHIRO! SHIRO! SHIRO!
              The best of both worlds...Japanese/French...some of the best-quality fish, and amazing sauces for anything that get sauce...mmmm, the ravioli appetizer!!!

              ORRIS ORRIS ORRIS!
              No need to say more, other than the fact that it's related to SHIRO!

              BASHAN!
              Amazing Cal/French/Other...the fish is amazing but the duck cannot be beat! Again, sauces and attention to quality and detail is excellent!

              Any of these will be great!
              Enjoy!

              1. ipsedixit RE: claudiamcd Mar 24, 2008 10:10 PM

                I would second the recs for Shiro.

                I would skip Maison Akira, merely living off of its past glory.

                1. wilafur RE: claudiamcd Mar 25, 2008 10:41 AM

                  la cachette or sushi zo if you want to come to the westside.

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