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Dinner w/ Good Food and Decor between Pasadena and Westside

altstarr Oct 18, 2005 01:26 PM

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?

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    ipse dixit RE: altstarr Oct 18, 2005 02:22 PM

    How about Maison Akira in Pasadena? Or maybe Xiamora?

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      compumom RE: ipse dixit Oct 18, 2005 02:36 PM

      How about Hollywood? I think Vert by Wolfgang Puck is a nice place with a varied menu, nice decor & medium prices in the Hollywood and Highland Center. I'm sure others here have other Hollywood suggestions too.

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        Just One Bite RE: compumom Jan 15, 2010 03:44 PM

        Just as an FYI, Vert closed.

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      Jack Flash RE: altstarr Oct 18, 2005 03:16 PM

      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
      (213) 488-4994

      Link: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/docs/in...

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        Bert RE: Jack Flash Oct 18, 2005 04:33 PM

        Roy's isn't a bad call at all. they have a $35 prix fixe, too.

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          altstarr RE: Jack Flash Oct 19, 2005 10:34 AM

          Great idea!

          I've got reservations. They opened last Tuesday. The tasting menue is not ready yet, but they have a $35/person prix fixe menu.


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          The Oracle RE: altstarr Oct 18, 2005 04:48 PM

          For what you are looking for, I really think Cicada is your best bet. I've had nothing but wonderful meals there, and it seems to be everything you are looking for (location and ambiance).

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            altstarr RE: The Oracle Oct 27, 2005 11:50 AM

            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.

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              jesstifer RE: altstarr Jan 10, 2010 12:21 PM

              Glad it worked out. Personally I like a quiet room, as long as it's not empty But if you want to return when it's lively, definitely go on a Sunday night... live retro (20s-40s) music and dancing.

          2. Senzinina RE: altstarr Jan 16, 2010 04:36 AM

            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!

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              glutton RE: Senzinina Jan 16, 2010 04:47 AM

              I agree on all counts, except for the fact that it's not between Pasadena and the Westside. The folks in Pasadena would have no trouble getting there, but Glendale is a pain for folks on the westside. If only they'd open a location in Santa Monica...

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