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Dec 27, 2010 09:09 PM

Sheva Brachot in LA

Need to make Sheva Brachot in Los Angeles for approxiimately 40-50 people including children.

Tierra Sur in Oxnard little too pricey. Have been advised of Delice Bistro, La Gondola,Pat's and Judy's.
I have no idea about any of these, can anyone weigh in on these or success alternate (meat preferable, but not absolutely necessary)?

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  1. Delice Bistro is only open for private parties, and it would be a perfect venue for 40-50 people. The food is French bistro style and IMHO very good. It has a good selection of meat and fish items.
    La Gondola is bigger, but it is divided into 3 sections with an area in the back that would accommodate 40-50 well. It is a steak house. Portions are huge. I was there 2 weeks ago for dinner and I was very pleased with the veggie options on the menu too (I had the quinoa salad and it was great).
    Pat's is always good with a variety of food and easy to please the kids. If they can't accommodate all of your guests in the restaurant, but they do a great catering job.
    Shanghai Diamond Garden is also large enough to accommodate your guests.

    1. Some other suggestions would be Milk 'n Honey (dairy), Bocca (steakhouse), and Sassi (Israeli).

      1. Thanks mamaleh, for your timely remarks.

        Any thoughts about La Seine (I know it just opened) but it looks really nice online.
        Any idea of pricing for those other restaurants you mentioned? Does Jeff's cater?

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        1. re: comerbeber

          Jeff's does cater.
          I have not been to La Seine yet. Perhaps next week.
          My friends ate at the new dairy restaurant owned by Shilo's called "26." It is a dairy restaurant on Pico between Robertson and La Cienega. They said the food was "very good", and the decor was "cool." I drove by it tonight, and it looks very nice inside. It might be worthwhile for you to check that out as well.
          As far as pricing goes, my experience is that most of the restaurants want your business and will work within your budget. If you want to eat in a restaurant, the least expensive options will probably be Shanghai, Sassi, or Milk 'n Honey. If you want catering at a location outside the restaurant, there are many more options. I would go with Jeff's, Got Kosher, or SushiKo. If you want ambiance and good food for more $, I would go with Delice, Pat's, La Gondola, or Bocca.

        2. Thanks again, Mamaleh.
          I still have a little time so i'll be interested to hear your first hand opinion of La Seine.
          Happy New Year!

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          1. re: comerbeber

            Has La Seine even opened to the public yet? I thought they are opening on Jan 3.

            1. re: comerbeber

              Still haven't been to La Seine, but here are some pics of their new digs

              1. re: comerbeber

                Just got back from La Seine. Very pleasant experience, especially for their first Sunday night crowd (full house). I spoke to the owner Laurent Masilah, and he can accommodate groups for sheva brachot. He said it is best to call and talk to him directly.
                The environment is warm, and "woodsy" feeling. The fireplaces were turned on tonight. The bar area is spacious. The acoustics were very good. There is also a sushi bar. We had one main waiter, and there was a team of 6 servers and clearers.
                The eating area of the restaurant is a long rectangular shape, so you may want to take that into consideration when deciding where to seat your chatan and kallah.
                They specialize in steaks, and the four people at our table who ordered them said they were excellent and cooked exactly as ordered. I had the maple glazed salmon and it was very nice. The banana chocolate bread pudding for dessert was also a hit. The food was definitely fresh and well presented. As someone who does not eat red meat or chicken, I would like to see a few more creative veggie options on the menu as they expand it.

              2. I would look into Shaghai Glatt Kosher. Good Food, Reasonable Prices and I believe they have a room for Sheva Brachot.

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                1. re: abbazw

                  I strongly disagree. I'm occasionally coerced into going to Shanghai Diamond Garden and have consistently found it to be an overpriced rip-off. The food there is mediocre at best, the servers or kitchen staff routinely ignore special requests (e.g., "I want extra ___"), and the owners are shamelessly cheap. SDG is one of the only sit-down Chinese restaurants I've ever been to anywhere that charges for tea, quietly discourages requests for chopsticks (I've always had to ask repeatedly for them), and doesn't serve fortune cookies with the bill. It's really disgraceful that a major city like Los Angeles can't sustain a standard kosher Chinese restaurant better than this one.

                  1. re: Arthur

                    The OP asked about a place for Sheva Brachot. In defense of Shanghai, I've been to 2 Bat Mitzvah parties, and a Sheva Brachot party there. I've also hosted a family birthday party for 20 people at the restaurant. The set menu for parties is relatively inexpensive, plentiful, and tasty. They also have appropriate seating, plenty of wait staff, and the right noise level for families. It is not fine dining or a cookie-cutter Chinese restaurant experience, but it is a great version of what it is. For families, it fills the void between Kosher fast food and finer dining in LA.

                    Last week, I was there with a family with small children who eat out at non-kosher Chinese restaurants all of the time. They loved it and are going back next week. They said that it was refreshing to eat in a Chinese restaurant where all of the dishes did not taste the same. They also were very happy with the quantity of food and speed of service (when you have small children, every second of waiting is magnified 100x).

                    Arthur, have you considered if you say, "May I please have extra _____" instead of "I want extra______ " you might actually get better service?

                    1. re: mamaleh

                      I couldn't agree with mamaleh more...... I'd rather have better chow than chopsticks & fortune cookies & Shanghai Gardens happens to be better than most of the kosher chinese in New York.

                      1. re: sima

                        Sima, I wouldn't go that far to say SG is better than most Kosher Chinese establishments in NY, but I agree the food at Shangai Gardens is always fresh and plentiful. I also find the service quick and acceptable and agree with Mamaleh, sometimes its reflective of the customers attitude. I agree it is a most suitable and decent venue choice for a sheva brachot when you are looking for low cost.

                      2. re: mamaleh

                        I stand by my post. And since mamaleh is bringing her friends' opinions into the picture, I'll note that an exceptionally kind, always polite, chow-loving friend of mine said about her experience there, "The food was only fit for a dog." Now, even I wouldn't go that far, but let's not pretend there's no diversity of viewpoints about this place.

                        "...(when you have small children, every second of waiting is magnified 100x)." Very true, including children who are waiting endlessly for their chopsticks to arrive as their food is getting cold right under their noses - and who are woefully disappointed when they are not given a fortune cookie at the end of the meal just like they've gotten at every single other Chinese restaurant in their lives.

                        I have never been to a private function at SDG (which I'll concede is an acceptably nice-looking venue) and it's possible that it offers a heavily discounted group rate. However, judging it by the restaurant, I know a rip-off joint when I see one. Frankly, I'm quite stunned at the repeated assertions here that the restaurant is "low cost." Sure, it's far from the most expensive kosher dining experience in Los Angeles, and for good reason: it simply doesn't compare to the bigger guns in town. But it isn't cheap (certainly not by Chinese food standards) and, at the very least, any place that jacks up its prices about 55% between its lunch and dinner menus for identical dishes ought to raise a few more discerning eyebrows. Judge for yourselves - here's a link to their menu:

                        1. re: Arthur

                          I've only been there once, a few years ago, and the Chinese was atrocious, although the sushi was acceptable. But since I don't go to Chinese for sushi, in general, the experience was so offputting that I never went back. As far as I'm concerned, the best kosher Chinese in LA is Golan (which shows how dismal the prospects are in LA), which also should be able to accommodate a Sheva Brachos.