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Restaurant where a vegetarian will enjoy her birthday?

Planning a celebration for my vegetarian goddaughter's birthday in the area from Mid-City west. Someplace special where she'll enjoy the food and that will be celebratory for a group of six (mostly in their late 20s). Chowhounds, please help.

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  1. I like Akasha in Culver City. There is something for everyone on their menu and some very good vegetarian dishes. A very nice place for a party.
    http://www.akasharestaurant.com/menus...

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    Akasha
    9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I am not sure if you meant Wilshre Blvd or that restaurant link. That restaurant isn't ideal for a vegetarian. There are items you can order--but it seems more like I will order this entree because its the only vegetarian entree. I am guessing on your birthday, most people would like to be able to be a bit picky.

      2. I'm sure you've been there, but RFD always pleases the palette. Depending on how casual you want your birthday to be, this place could be an excellent choice.

        http://www.realfood.com/

        1. Don't know how far west you want to travel but Fig at The Farimont Hotel in Santa Monica has some wonderful vegetarian dishes.
          http://figsantamonica.com/pdf/FIG_men...

          101 Wilshire Boulevard
          Santa Monica, CA 90401-1106

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          1. re: wienermobile

            that place looks good with an excellent selection of choices, a bit pricy. Can you describe what some of the vegetarian options are like?

            1. re: apple7blue

              The Chef Garcia of Fig describes it best "We serve simple, bistro-inspired dishes that bring out the best of what nature has already put in – nothing experimental or overworked; just pure, flavorful ingredients delivered to your table." I like the Pastaless Lasagna with Bloomsdale Spinach, Sweet Potato, San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella. You can taste every ingredient. Fresh flavors. I also recommend their Red Beet Risotto with Carnaroli, Asparagus, Creme Fraiche, Dill.

              1. re: wienermobile

                that sounds great but funny to describe it as pastaless lasagna instead of a vegetable bake--it does make it sound experimental. a lot of places are doing squash spaghetti, which instead of pasta has shredded squash--but the connotations bring such preconceptions to my mind that my palate is always confused. I will definitely try it next time I am in Santa Monica.

                1. re: apple7blue

                  Unlike a vegetable bake where everything is mixed together, in this dish each ingredient is layered.

          2. Gjelina in Venice.

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            Gjelina
            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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            1. re: hrhboo

              +2 on Gjelena. The produce is amazing and pair that with their wood-fired oven... You don't have to be a vegetarian to appreciate how good the vegetable dishes are.