Dinner w/ Good Food and Decor between Pasadena and Westside
I need to have a dinner on a Tuesday night for 6 for a group that is coming from both Pasadena & the Westside. It's a business dinner with spouses. It shouldn't be casual, but absolute high end is not necessary. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Latin are already well covered at other times.
Ideally, something downtown would be geographically convenient. Someplace with a moderate tasting menu would be nice ($40-$60) Water Grill would be great, but 2 members don't eat seafood. Cicada and Zucca for Italian would work, but I get mixed reviews for the food.
If I were on the Westside, restaurants I would pick would be Valentino's, Drago's, Joe's and Josie's.
The restaurants in Hollywood, West Howllywood and Beverly HIlls seem a little difficult travel time from the freeway since everyone will be traveling toward the end of rush hour.
Comments and suggestions?
Well, there is a newly-opened branch of Roy's Hawaiian smack-dab in Downtown L.A. (8th & Fig).
It must have opened sometime in the past two weeks. The last time I went by, they were still putting the finishing touches on the interior. I have dined at Roy's on the Big Island and at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Both were quite nice. I think they might have some sort of tasting menu.
If Hawaiian fusion is acceptable (there are things other than seafood), this might be a good option.
800 S. Figueroa
re: The Oracle
We ended up switching from the new Roy's to Cicada.
Great decor, great service, great food, but very empty on a Tuesday evening. There were maybe 6 groups of diners that evening. We started at 7:15 pm and were the last to be seated.
People liked in particular: Specials(warm duck salad, macadamia crusted halibut), veal chop, crab pasta, lobster pasta.
Good recommendation, and would return, but in a more lively time slot.
For whatever it's worth after the fact......Palate in Glendale is probably one of the best restaurants in So Cal right now. Created by the former chef and wine director from Patina, it's a mind blower. On Brand Bl in an old wine storage facility, they have a wine bar in the back and small restaurant in the front. They are super foodies and wine freaks...homemade butter everyday: you get the picture. Must go for your next biz dinner!