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Feb 18, 2009 08:34 AM

Can you help me pick a restaurant...

It is my turn to pick a restaurant for a dinner group of 10 women (foodies). The objective is an ethnic restaurant, not too expensive, and on the westside. We have already done Morrocan and Russian. Any suggestions?

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    1. How about the back room at Musha? Also, it might help you get more useful responses if you could be more specific as to what you mean by not too expensive.

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        i concur with mollyomormon about the back private room at musha being a #1 choice.
        if you can't get that room, then i'd go to shamshiri grill on westwood blvd for persian food.

        1. re: westsidegal

          musha in santa monica is great! try the mackerel thats grilled with a torch and the yuzu chicken

          Indonesian: Simpang Asia on National or Ramayani on Westwood

          both places are friendly on the wallet

          1. re: eggmonster

            I'll 4th the vote for Musha in Santa Monica!

          2. re: westsidegal

            always wondered about shamshiri.....
            what about Thai food. Is there an upscale thai place that has good food?

            1. re: girlflorida

              My favorite Thai on the westside is Thai Boom, but it is far from upscale. Emporium Thai on Westwood is run by a brother of the family that owns Jitlada, but parking will be difficult. For "upscale" Thai, the obvious choice is Chan Dara on Pico, with its modern hip attractive vibe, and Thai House in Westwood Village, which is surprisingly quiet, carpeted, and civilized.

              I was going to suggest Monte Alban or Mariscos Chente, but I'm now thinking they aren't going to fit your group.

              I am also worried about Shamshiri for a group of ten women. Westsidegal is a local 'hound who loves Shamshiri, but she has already recognized and posted that they get chintzy when groups start splitting entrees, often charging a supplement. Shamshiri's portions are generous, so their policy is not unreasonable, but couple that with the sexism of the middle-eastern culture and (please don't flame me for this) I'm worried you will not have the best experience.

          3. re: mollyomormon

            I have never tried Musha or seen it for that matter, and i am in that are all the time. Thanks, I will check it out on my own first this weekend. Good point about the $$ - I was thinking with alcohol - not to exceed $50 per person.

            1. re: girlflorida

              cool, you can easily come in under that price point at Musha!

          4. Gardens of Taxco on Harper & Santa Mexcican food like you never have had..the waiter singing the menu explains it all.

            1. I just had dinner with 3 girls at Yabu (Pico location) and had a great time. We each ordered 2 small plates and a bowl of rice. Everything was really tasty but the beef tataki & braised pork were standouts. And chawan mushi, but it was hard to share. No alcohol & no sushi. We each paid $24 and were full. I love this place. The northeast corner of the restaurant would be perfect for a group of 10.

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              1. re: soniabegonia

                10 women and no Alcohol - ugh! :) lol

                1. re: girlflorida

                  I meant we didn't order alcohol & sushi. They serve both. I only mentioned it as a point of reference for the cost of the meal.

              2. Patric Kuh (lamag) is quoted as saying something to the effect of 'French cuisine is the real ethnic cuisine in los angeles' and when you think about it, there are far, far fewer French places than, say Mexican or Japanese, and the diversity of the population lends itself to this argument as well.

                That being said, Merkato on Fairfax is good for Ethiopian.
                Also, misc: Tokyo Table on La Cienega (Jap-fusion), Carlitos Gardel (Argentinean) on Melrose, Baran (Persian) on Westwood.