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ranole Apr 10, 2011 11:57 PM

I have a date night with my wife for the first game of the Kings playoff downtown on the 19th. Since this game is falling on Passover I still would love to take her out for dinner before the game. Id love to take her to the best passover dinner in Downtown LA. Can anyone recommend a place I can go for this type of dinner? Thanks

  1. wienermobile Apr 13, 2011 05:45 PM

    Just found 3 more Passover dinners new for this year, Bistro Garden at Coldwater in Studio City has a set menu at $48 per person, Chez Melenge in Redondo Beach has a special menu and La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica full dinner $48 per person.
    http://www.lacachettebistro.com/menus...

    La Cachette Bistro
    1733 Ocean Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    Bistro Garden At Coldwater
    12950 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

    Chez Melange
    1611 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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      Jet Apr 21, 2011 01:44 PM

      Of these three, are they "Kosher" or "Kosher Style"? Do any of the three have at least a minimal service with a few prayers & songs before the meal? Have you eaten at any of these three to know ifwhat their seder menu is & if it is tasty? I just tried & posted about the seder meals at Spago & Jar, having tried restaurant seders for the first time. Jar was good vut below Reform in its lack of ANY traditional content. The parents insist on at least a bit, & we got that from Spago. I know Angeli, Akasha, Street,& the afore-mentioned also do seders, but we will certainly look for another seder to do along with Spago next year. We need a bit of tradition, & I am the FOODIE who also wants the gourmet seder experience. -JET

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      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Jar Restaurant
      8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

      La Cachette Bistro
      1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Akasha
      9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      Street
      742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      1. re: Jet
        wienermobile Apr 21, 2011 02:49 PM

        Those restaurants all serve Kosher style, not kosher.

        The only seder I have attended was Akasha's and the food and deserts were all delicious (incredible Red Wine Braised Brisket and all homemade deserts) and all served family style with a Rabbi conducting a short service. It was a true family evening with everyone from one to 101 in attendance all singing together. The restaurant fills every year so if you wish to attend next year make reservations early. It was truly a wonderful evening and I recommend it it highly. Chef Akasha makes you feel like you are a guest in her own home and part of her family.

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        Akasha
        9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. re: wienermobile
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          Jet Apr 22, 2011 04:47 PM

          Thanks, "Mobile", I think this will be our next night in addition to the Spago Seder for next year! Best, JET

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      dianefeldman Apr 12, 2011 11:50 AM

      You can take her to Rosa Mexicano at LA Live. It is more a Gourmet Sephartic Menu, it is not Kosher not even Authentically Passover but take a look at their menu for Passover, I think this will work for you and it sounds like fun!

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      Rosa Mexicano
      800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

      1. wienermobile Apr 12, 2011 07:30 AM

        If coming from the valley Art's Deli in Studio City is doing a special Passover dinner and menu all week April 18th to 26th.
        http://www.artsdeli.com/ArtsDeli_Pass...

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        Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
        12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

        1. wienermobile Apr 11, 2011 07:44 AM

          Celebrate the second night of Passover at Spago's signature Seder dinner on April 19th. $175 per person ($80 per child). Proceeds benefit Mazon.

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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            apple7blue Apr 12, 2011 03:41 AM

            wienermobile, I am guessing Gorbals is not Kosher--hence the bacon wrap--let alone traditional Seder fare. Are Angeli and Spago having actual Seders with traditional fare? Same with Akasha since you were there last year.

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            Spago
            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            Akasha
            9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

            The Gorbals
            501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            1. re: apple7blue
              wienermobile Apr 12, 2011 06:40 AM

              Yes, very traditional not kosher but kosher style. Both Spago and Akasha do a short service. Only one seating each night at Akasha and Spago. 2 seatings at Angeli. Akasha's and Angeli's menus are both on line here:
              http://www.akasharestaurant.com/documents/DINNERMENUApr72011.pdf
              http://www.angelicaffe.com/

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              Akasha
              9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                apple7blue Apr 12, 2011 07:10 AM

                Looking at the menus, I wouldn't say they are very traditional, but surprisingly traditional. Looks like Akasha is having an actual Seder for the op--could eat dinner there and take 10 E or just Venice or Washington downtown. Streets probably better for traffic. It'd be a tight fit though since dinner is at 6 and the game is at 7.

                I'd say since its for his wife, he might just phone up the chef at Kerry Simon's LA Market or like you mentioned Spago, he could do the same with Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill or WP24--and have them do him a Seder meal. He could get there and eat leisurely and make the short walk to the game. Or anywhere nearby . . .

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                Akasha
                9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                1. re: apple7blue
                  wienermobile Apr 12, 2011 07:19 AM

                  Akasha would not work night of the game. There is one seating and dinner is family style served in courses to everyone at the same time. Not a rushed evening. The deserts are wonderful and not to be missed. Last years event did not end till after 9pm.

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                  Akasha
                  9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                    apple7blue Apr 12, 2011 07:24 AM

                    For Passover Seder, that seems even more authentic. Yeah, I am still unclear what the op wants. I kind of assumed he meant some sort of traditional fare. Like if he meant best dinner that he could get her on Passover before the game nearby, I'd just recommend some downtown restaurants. I like Kerry Simon's LA Market and Bottega Louie myself. Weigh in op!

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                    Bottega Louie
                    700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                    LA Market
                    900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                    1. re: apple7blue
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                      ranole Apr 21, 2011 02:20 PM

                      I thank you for all the good responses. I wasnt really looking for a full sedar just a passover friendly menu and I thought some restauraunts would have a different menu because of this. I ended up going to Katsuya with her at LA Live and just was careful on what we ordered.

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                        dianefeldman Apr 21, 2011 02:44 PM

                        I'm curious, since you were at LA Live why didn't you go to Rosa Mexicana ,since they had a Passover Menu?

          2. wienermobile Apr 11, 2011 07:42 AM

            Angeli on Melrose is doning a passover dinner a few days later on Thursday April 21. Very nice evening of home cooking.
            http://www.angelicaffe.com/

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            Angeli Restaurant
            7274 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

            1. wienermobile Apr 11, 2011 07:36 AM

              Might not work for you and not in downtown but Akasha in Culver Ctiy is doing a PASSOVER SEDER 2011 two nights this year, You could make the First Night, Monday April 18th
              also a Second Night, Tuesday April 19th Guest Arrival: 5:30-6:00pm Dinner & Traditional Short Seder: 6:00pm. I was there last year and it was a wonderful meal and night.

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              Akasha
              9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

              1. r
                ranole Apr 11, 2011 01:56 AM

                Thanks for the advice. I should have said Passover friendly instead.

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                1. re: ranole
                  wienermobile Apr 11, 2011 07:59 AM

                  You could contact The Gorbals Downtown (home of the bacon wrapped matzah ball) and see if they have anything special planed.
                  http://thegorbalsla.com/

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                  The Gorbals
                  501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  apple7blue Apr 11, 2011 12:26 AM

                  Generally, Passover Seder is held at home. The only place I can think of that will have a community seder downtown is at the Jewish Community Center at Chabad Downtown LA. I don't know how you are going to manage the Seder with all the mitzvots and getting to the game by a certain time frame. You are probably better off celebrating it at home and then going to the game. Or you could just go to Kerry Simon's LA Market adjacent to the game, and eat dinner on Passover--really good food. I am not sure how God would interpret that . . .

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                  LA Market
                  900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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