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RainLaurel Apr 29, 2009 06:03 AM

Hi,

I'm looking for a fun restaurant to go to in DC or Bethesda/Silver Spring/Rockville with Japanese, Mediterranean, or Indian food for a 27th birthday party on Saturday night. Around 8 people will be coming. Any ideas would be appreciated! Last year, we went to Jaleo and had a great time.

Thanks!

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    Jacey Apr 29, 2009 07:18 PM

    I think at this point it's about getting a reservation or getting a seat at some of these places. You should check out SEI in Chinatown. I think you and your friends would have a good time. Another place that could be fun for a 27th birthday party would be Bistro du Coin, Tabaq Bistro, Policy, Perry's, Bodega or you might like Hudson's.

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      RainLaurel Apr 29, 2009 07:44 PM

      Hi,

      Thanks for your suggestions! Would you have any ideas of places to go in Friendship Heights, Rockville, Silver Spring, or Bethesda?

      Thanks!

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        Jeserf Apr 30, 2009 08:06 AM

        I'm not sure it's "fun', but I always had a good time at Lia's in FH with my girlfriends. The food is great, but I think the outside area might be lacking with all the construction.

        There are more places in Bethesda then Friendship Heights

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          RainLaurel Apr 30, 2009 09:45 AM

          Any thoughts on Bacchus of Lebanon for a birthday party?

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            Jeserf Apr 30, 2009 09:56 AM

            Not from me! never heard of it...sorry!

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              Ericandblueboy Apr 30, 2009 09:18 PM

              Bacchus is my favorite middle eastern restaurant in the DC area. It offers more variety of seafood than other middle eastern restaurants, which reminds me of my trip to Casablanca.. The fried smelt is fabulous. The decor is also quite nice so I think it's suitable for a birthday party.

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            Jacey Apr 30, 2009 10:00 AM

            In Bethesda, there's Lavante's, Raku, Jaleo which could all be good for a birthday. They aren't "trendy," but all pretty good food and reasonable. You might also like Redwoods in Bethesda.

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              RainLaurel Apr 30, 2009 12:02 PM

              Hi!

              Thanks for the restaurant suggestions! Do you know anything about Bacchus of Lebanon? Would you recommend it for a party?

              Thanks!

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                Teddybear Apr 30, 2009 02:50 PM

                I had a wonderful meal there last summer -- they have great outdoor seating. I can't imagine 8 people couldn't have fun there, but it all depends on what kind of party you want to have.

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              dining with doc May 1, 2009 06:30 AM

              Sushi Damo: Rockville Town Center... a little pricey but great sushi in a nice atmosphere. call ahead

              Tako Grill: Sushi/Japanese in Bethesda, excellent and less expensive
              Jaleo: Bethesda, tapas, always fun, get 3.5 dishes per person and share
              Cava: also tapas in Travillah Gateway
              Sol de Espana: Rockville, great spanish cuisine, paella, fishes, zarzuella de mariscos costa brava.
              any of the above are good!

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            nickdanger Apr 29, 2009 11:22 AM

            Asia Nine is pretty hip, and then you can go to CoCo Sala for dessert.
            http://www.asianine.com/
            http://www.cocosala.com/

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              chicken kabob Apr 29, 2009 01:16 PM

              Cava in Rockville or DC (that location is about a week old.) Great Greek food in a fun atmosphere.

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                tifferbe_2000 Apr 30, 2009 11:06 AM

                I definitely agree with CoCo Sala for dessert...its the closest thing the world has to Chocolate heaven.

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                  Jacey Apr 30, 2009 05:31 PM

                  There are also a lot of negative reviews about this place, so do some googling and look at Yelp.

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                    Elyssa May 1, 2009 02:37 AM

                    Negative reviews about which place? CoCo Sala?

                    If you are going for dessert and drinks I think CoCo Sala is great!! It definitly has a clubby, trendy, Sex and the City vibe to it, but that could be fun for a birthday. Everyone I know that has gone has loved it, including myself. My only complaint was that my stomach was too small and after 2 small plates, a drink, and the dessert tasting menu I felt like I had to be rolled out of there---but in a good way :)

              2. ktmoomau Apr 29, 2009 07:24 AM

                For Indian you could check out Rasika. It gets loud, but is hip and the food is excellent.

                For Japanese you might look at Sei, Oya is a good choice for fish, it isn't Japanese or Mediterranean.

                For Mediterranean, I agree on Zaytinya, also you might check out Cafe Milano in Georgetown.

                For Asian, Mexican fusion I really like Zengo, their sushi, mojitos, fish tacos and other things are quite good.

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                  tifferbe_2000 Apr 29, 2009 07:16 AM

                  One more thing. I just realized, that if you like Jaleo, than Zaytinya's might be perfect for you because:

                  A) Jose Andres helped design the menu, and of course Jaleo is Andres' restaurant.
                  B) in the same style of Jaleo, Mezze dishes are the middle eastern equivilent to tapas dishes, only a little more complex.

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                    tifferbe_2000 Apr 29, 2009 07:11 AM

                    Well, it depends on your idea of what fun is...I'm guessing you don't mean any place with Skee-ball and arcade machines in the background... I will be turning 27 in Septmeber, and I would like to go to either:

                    Oya- Asian and French fusion cuisine, great sushi and the restaurant is very interesting looking, go to the website, and you'll see that the restaurant is not afraid of contrasting colors or textures. It is a little on the pricey side, and more "chic' than 'fun' but I always have a good time going with my girlfriends. If you like to eat late and stay and chill, they do offer a late night menu with sushi, and pretty decent house drinks.

                    Zaytinya- I love this restaurant, it is Mediterranian, Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine all in one. Again very cool restaurant, nice little spots for groups of your size. Again, more chic than fun, but I always have a great time. Same price range. They have a large selection of what I call mezze-sized dishes. I usually order 4 or 5 and split with a couple of people, but I believe they have regular-size entrees as well. Zaytinya's does have a good number of non-meat dishes if anyone in your group is a vegetarian. They are wonderful even if you are a meat eater. :)

                    Both of these restaurants are in DC, in fairly close proximity to each other. I suggest going on their websites, and checking out menus and venue pictures. Hope this helps.

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                      RainLaurel Apr 29, 2009 01:01 PM

                      Thanks for your suggestions! I guess fun for me would be either family style or lots of little dishes that can be shared with good music in the background. Do you know of any Japanese places the serve giant plates of sushi that everyone can try?

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                        ktmoomau Apr 29, 2009 01:32 PM

                        You can go to most sushi restaurants and just do a big order and it will come out and everyone can share it. I am sure Sei and Asia Nine the plus with Sei is they also have some small plates you could share too.

                        They might bring it out in waves as they fill a plate, but it is normally a pretty large platter that they will bring out, enough for sharing.

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