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Special Occasion Restaurant for my Dad's 60th

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mmk Aug 3, 2011 08:30 AM

Criteria:
-- Anywhere in Orange County or Los Angeles

-- Nice enough to feel worthy of a special occasion, but not too stuffy (no "jacket required" type dress code)

-- Must be able to order a la carte off the menu (no set courses)

-- He loves: steak and Asian fusion/Chinese/Korean

-- Nice view is a plus (but great food comes first)

Any ideas? I appreciate any suggestions anyone can offer!

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    brandygirl RE: mmk Aug 3, 2011 01:04 PM

    I recently had a wonderful dinner at CHINOIS ON MAIN STREET in Venice. It's one of Wolfgang Puck's restaurant. Every dish we had was superb and the service was excellent. We had the catfish (they present it whole and then took it back to the kitchen to cut up for us) and melt-in-your-mouth short ribs (this might have been a special that night).

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      Jwsel RE: brandygirl Aug 3, 2011 01:26 PM

      With the mention of Asian fusion, I thought of Chinois, but a better option might be the new Wolfgang Puck restaurant downtown -- WP24 -- which is in the Ritz-Carlton building downtown and overlooks the entire city. Reviews of the foot here have been mixed.

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      Chinois
      2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

      WP24
      900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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        maudies5 RE: Jwsel Aug 3, 2011 03:08 PM

        Chinois, definitely over WP24. I was disappointed in WP24. Thought the food was good; not great and the prices were very very high. Gorgeous view. I would go there for cocktails, not dinner.

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        Chinois
        2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        WP24
        900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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        BSW6490 RE: brandygirl Aug 3, 2011 02:46 PM

        Chinois is a Great choice

      3. wienermobile RE: mmk Aug 3, 2011 02:57 PM

        Another vote for Chinois. Still great after all these years. Love that catfish with ponzu.

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        Chinois
        2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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          nosh RE: wienermobile Aug 3, 2011 09:59 PM

          I also was going to recommend Chinois. Best Asian fusion, still doing it right. Get the sliced filet in szechwan sauce and share a bunch of the smaller dishes. I believe it is actually in Santa Monica, just north of the border separating Venice.

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          Chinois
          2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        2. Servorg RE: mmk Aug 3, 2011 04:10 PM

          You might be interested in reading through this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793041 prior thread on Picca, the very new Peruvian small plates restaurant that opened up on Pico and see what you think. It sounds like your dad is an adventuresome eater in any case...

          ADD: If you want to see a very complete review (he and his party ordered EVERY dish on the menu the night they went) take a look at this Kevin Eats review: http://www.kevineats.com/2011/06/picc... with a wonderful array of food photos too.

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          Picca
          9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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