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rnp0123 Mar 9, 2012 09:00 PM

So which restaurants are having Passover dinners this year? Have any posted menus?

  1. wienermobile Mar 9, 2012 10:20 PM

    Akasha Passover Seder, Saturday April 7th. Menu is not yet up. I have attended before and it is a very warm and tasty evening.

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    Akasha
    9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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    1. re: wienermobile
      wienermobile Mar 10, 2012 07:47 AM

      At Akasha they do a short service. Food is served very genrously family style, amazing Passover deserts too including homemade chocolate dipped matzo.

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        NYCnowLA Mar 31, 2013 07:35 AM

        I went this year and it was a hot mess! very unorganized. barley a seder. not one song. literally stopped mid-sentence to say 'okay, we are just going to stop now and eat'. (this was about 15-20 minutes in to reading the 'program guide' as our misguided server referred to the Haggadah) all orders at my table were completely mixed up. Saving grace was the nice couple seated next to me.

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          kevin Apr 1, 2013 10:14 AM

          With the Seder, how does it work ? Is it held in a separate room in these restaurants or is the Seder meal the only meal served in these restaurants ?

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            NYCnowLA Apr 1, 2013 05:45 PM

            at jar and akasha it was the only meal...if i recall correctly, Street serves their menu later in the evening.

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      foodiemahoodie Mar 9, 2012 11:49 PM

      I think Melisse is having one. (they had one last year). Not sure if they've posted. Go take a look.

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        Jet Mar 10, 2012 07:20 PM

        I just posted a long schpiel about updated restaurant seders before I saw Weiner Mobile's Post. I promptly called Melisse, and the hostess told me she has worked there for three years at Melisse, and at least during that time, they have not had a Seder there. Is she mistaken!? That would solve a lot of problems if I could get a correct answer as, please read my Pesach Post of this evening, 3-10-12, I am not finding a restaurant Seder for the first night. -Thanks, JET

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          foodiemahoodie Mar 21, 2012 11:47 PM

          Don't think they've had a formal seder - but I do remember Josiah Citrin telling me they had a passover dinner at Melisse. Maybe it was private, but I do remember they had one. Let me suss it out and get back to you.

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            foodiemahoodie Mar 22, 2012 11:38 PM

            Nope. No passover dinner this year.

      2. wienermobile Mar 10, 2012 07:58 AM

        Here is a link to last years Passover on Chowhound LA:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777814

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          Jet Mar 10, 2012 07:56 PM

          Thanks, but that is dated info. which has places that are now closed for business. My post (separate from this original post) was written after calling all these suggestions, so it has updated info. Plus, some info. that is still not answered by other Pesach Posts on Chow. Please respond to that if you have specifics that are current. I wish AKASHA did a first night.........You described it well! - JET

        2. The Chowhound Team Mar 11, 2012 06:54 AM

          Jet's post can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8382.... We'll be locking that one, so please continue with your suggestions here. Thanks!

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            gascook Mar 17, 2012 10:37 AM

            I am interested in a Los Angeles restaurant seder as well. I am sure there is demand out there for something a little different from doing a home seder.
            Thank U all!

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              Jet Mar 17, 2012 09:28 PM

              Per my original post for 2012 Restaurant Seders in the So. Cal Area, I found very few places that actually are offering a Seder with a minimal amount of the traditional service/liturgy. I found the only places to be SPAGO, JAR, KOUTOUBIA, STREET, & AKASHA. JAR was the only venue which does their Seder on the first night. SPAGO, KOUTOUBIA, and AKASHA do theirs only on the second night. STREET will do theirs on a night that is not either the traditional first or second night because that is when a local congregation has retained them to do the Seder. Anyone else is welcome to attend, but this large group determines the date. One can already reserve for SPAGO & JAR as my family has. The amount of ritual at the JAR service is a little lacking for our tastes, but I found no other option for a restaurant Seder for the first night of Pesach 2012. I would be very interested to hear about KOUTOUBIA'S Seder. It appears that they have also planned their Seder by the request of a local congregation. I hope to try one of these others if they ever offer a first night Seder, as we have decided that the SPAGO option will always be a part of our CHAG. By the way, there are other restaurants that offer Pesach-Style meals, such as Bistro Garden & some others I checked, but we need a bit of ritual with our meal. A manager at Melisse said she has worked there the past 3 years, & has never known them to have a Seder, so I'm not sure why someone claims they went to one at Melisse last year??? Best, JET

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              FranklinJefferson Mar 17, 2012 02:28 PM

              While nothing's currently listed on their website, I attended Seder at Jar on Beverly Blvd. for several years and it was always a lovely experience.

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                gascook Mar 18, 2012 08:14 AM

                Jet & FranklinJefferson-there are many who would like a more traditional seder for the first night & you are correct, Jet, there seems to be very little choice for the first night- I agree JAR & SPAGO first & second night options. I have left a message for the Luxe Bel Air event director-I think they have a kosher kitchen & have offered seders in the past.
                Otherwise, I will be studying my Passover cookbook & preparing menus & visiting 5 markets like I do every year...

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                  Jet Mar 20, 2012 10:11 PM

                  Hi Gascook & Jefferson, Your post reminded me that I also left a message for the caterer at the Luxe Bel Aire (a few weeks ago). Needless to say, they did not get back to me. I also recall that a few years ago my folks & I went to a Seder there as that location of the LUX (Bel Aire) was host that year to a Pesach Resort Program. The Seder was traditional -right down to the "Orthodox Standard Time"; That is, there was so much rabbinical discourse before the meal that the meal-in-earnest began close to midnight. That sort of killed it for me! Anyhow, the person I spoke to at the LUXE did mention that while there was probably not a Seder scheduled this year, private parties/families, have the option of renting space there for their own Seders. This wasn't what we had in mind either. I also found out that year that there were Community Seders at the Woodland Hills Hilton & one at the Woodland Hills Marriott. Foodie that I am, I directed my family toward the few restaurant options that had more gourmet cred. If either of you hear more, let me know! Shame, I would have loved to partake in a Moroccan Seder on one of the two nights........ Look for the Nemon Family if you happen to also partake in either the JAR &/or SPAGO events...We'll compare notes! - JET

                  1. re: Jet
                    Servorg Mar 21, 2012 05:53 AM

                    Another option: http://clementineonline.com/posts/vie...

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                      gascook Mar 21, 2012 08:12 AM

                      Thank U all!! I think we are doing it @home once again this year. FYI I also contacted the Herzog winery restaurant-forgot the name-also there is an Modern Orthodox P program in a hotel in Valencia-maybe you can join just for seders.

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                        Jet Mar 21, 2012 11:18 PM

                        The weeklong Passover Hotel Programs were what we've tried for about 4 years prior to doing the "restaurant thing. We did the one in Valencia, & it was pretty awful. That is, the food was pretty awful. I called Tierra Sur at the Herzog Winery. It's disturbing; They advertise as a Kosher Restaurant, but when I asked the young man who answered their phone if they were having a Seder, he responded, "What is that?". In fact, several of the restaurants that were listed as having had Seders relatively recently also asked "What is that?" when asked if they were having a Seder again this year. This IS Southern California, and I think it behooves those in the restaurant business to at least have a clue that I'm not just making up strange words!Even though it's not a Seder Meal, the Clementine sounds like it might be a great place to get some take-out during the week of Pesach. Has anyone ever eaten there before? -JET

                  2. wienermobile Mar 21, 2012 08:19 AM

                    Akasha just announced a Passover Brunch. Call them for more details.

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                    Akasha
                    9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                      New Trial Mar 22, 2012 01:03 AM

                      Per Eater LA, Rosa Mexicano on Sunset will be offering a Mexcian Passover (matzo meal tortillas?), which might have something to do with its deal with Jonathan Waxman.

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                        Jerome Mar 22, 2012 01:49 AM

                        fwiw the herzog winery resto is TIERRA DEL SUR or something similar. good luck.

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                          Jet Feb 2, 2013 05:44 PM

                          Hey Jerome, I had to laugh at your reply to my Michelin Guide entry scrutinizing L.A. over the Bay Area...You are funny!!! I wanted to thank you, but did not see a place to reply below that submission. In any case, on this old submission, I will again be looking into Restaurant Seders. We have tried & enjoy the Spagos & the Jar (the latter less so), but this year we are hoping that the Middle Eastern Restaurant (Dar Magreb?) will be doing a 2nd night Seder and perhaps the same for Tierra de Sur. If you hear of any new ones, please let me know! This is what I've been doing when my aging Bay Area Folks visit each Pesach these last few years. L'Chaim!, JET

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                            Jerome Feb 8, 2013 03:24 PM

                            will look into it. Would be surprised if tiera del sur was open because it's a holiday. Do you need a plcae this is kosher for passover this year? there may be one or two which would requie prepayment, that kind of thing...
                            Glad you enjoyed the note.
                            best

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                              Jerome Mar 31, 2013 01:47 AM

                              It's late but for future info... Shilo restaurant on Pico has s'darim and passover kosher meals from erev pesakh to last day of chol ha'moe'd.

                              http://shilosrestaurant.com/

                              tierra del sur is closed for the holiday.

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                          Jet Feb 10, 2013 11:34 AM

                          I'm just now getting to check for another Seder which can be the other night (that Spagos isn't). I am surprised that someone listed Melisse, because they claim they held no Seder there. We just didn't love the JAR Seder, and no, it doesn't need to be Glatt Kosher. The problem with the Akasha Seder was that it was just offered the same night as Spago. I know the Moroccan Restaurant also had one the same night as Spago, but perhaps they will offer on the other night this year? Thanks, Jerome & all, & do please let me know if you hear about anything else special other than Akasha, Jar or Street. Actually Street might be interesting if offered on the OTHER night. Rosa Mexicana would be too weird for my (semi-traditional) folks for a Seder. Thanks, Jerome! JET

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                            Jet Mar 31, 2013 02:32 PM

                            Wow Guys, Have I also got the newest, most definitive Seder info. now that a few more events have happened this 2013 year & you have generously shared your recent experience; I think we "Restaurant Seder Trailblazers" have really now put it out there!!! As I mentioned, I was looking to replace the lovely but extremely pricey (about $175.00 -a-person) Spago first night seder. It turned-out that there was only one other place with a first night seder; the Glatt-Kosher Shiloh Restaurant. They advertised that one could come in for their first or second-night seder & follow their leading-Rabbi or be at a private table to conduct our own. The price listed was in the $85.00 per-person range, advertised in the Jewish Journal and the Orthdox Mailer called "Ads L.A". Well, when my mom called to set reservations for us, the person who answered the phoned upped the price by about $30.00. Rather than tell them they stated another price in-print, I told my mother to 'Forget it'. I didn't feel that that reflected integrity, & I wasn't about to give them our business! We are not Glatt Kosher or even merely kosher for that matter, and there are several restaurants that advertise "Kosher-Style Take-out". Larder on the Tavern was one such eatery that is in Brentwood & under the auspices of Suzanne Goin of "LUQUES". We prepared some of the seder items at home such as my own Sephardic Haroset, Herbed Potatoes, Turnips, & Celeriac Anna, and Chutney Deviled Eggs, and got take-out from "Larder on the Tavern". The Leg of Lamb with a Minted Aioli, Roast Chicken with an Olive & Preserved Lemon Relish, Herbed Farro, and Salad with apples, and Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Torte were delicious, however the braised asparagus with a Pistachio Oil Topping and the French Macaron were nothing special. All in all an "eight out of ten", and I would definitely use this service again. I was really charmed by their main eating-room in the restaurant which looks like a swanky & cushy atrium. I'm anxious to have lunch there sometime! Remember that JAR has a decent first-night seder, but they were booked when we called. Their seder is about $125.00 per-person & the food to me was also an 8 out of 10, but we were never that pleased by their religious content which included a gospel singer & a very abbreviated & boring discussion of the 12 plagues. Remember that I went to both "SUE FENIGER'S STREET" & AKASHA" and "KOUTOUBIA" few weeks prior to Pesach to check out the food. We were at AKASHA on the night of the awards (I think S.A.G?). We ordered many things from the menu & found all rather lacking ( 7 out of 10 or less) except their "Mini-Lamb Slider" which was delicious. A friend & I went to KOUTOUBIA & ordered many things off the menu. I am a gourmet cook, & I am Sephardi with a highly developed palate, so I feel qualified to evaluate. Everything we ordered was sub-standared. The proprietor was charming & the décor/ambience is lovely. I so wanted to love it. Even the vegetables are steamed & dumped over couscous. I feel they should have been cooked in the Tagine or at least seasoned. The lamb was really fatty, & the Brik was tasted greasy & salty, but not of cheese. Such a lovely ambience, but the food...... There was no way I was going to waste our Seder there.We went to STREET with our sons & found everything we tried scrumptious. The style of serving there is "Tapaesque" in that most everything is a small plate. For the seder, the servings weren't huge, but enough to satisfy our hunger. There was a so-so Haroset, a delicious purred spinach soup with carrots which I would LOVE the recipe for, I did NOT miss meat at all!. There was a Tunisian-Style Lamb Musube which was heaped on what appeared to be Saffron Quinoa, and an equally delicious white fish option. There were both good-looking Vegan & Vegetarian Options for most everything. Desert was Coconut Macaroons with a Bittersweet Molten Chocolate Sauce. There were supposed to be Moroccan Spices in the Chocolate, but my finely-tuned palate did not detect any. Nevertheless these were delicious!
                            The cost was reasonable given the portion sizes, and the ritual content was good enough. Unless any new contenders present themselves for restaurant seders, we will continue to do a first night at home. It seems many fine hotels will reasonable do a private kosher seder meal for parties of 15 or more, but we don't have that many people. I would be pleased to continue a second-night seder ritual at STREET. Lastly, it is a shame that beyond the research of us few on Chowhound, no newspaper, including the local Jewish Journal, is responsive (I tried, but was ignored) enough to put in an article each year preceding Pesach stating all the So. Cal Restaurants that will be featuring a first or second night seder. the menu, the costs, etc. Thanks for your good info., Winermobile & Co, & please share any other Pesach Experiences!! -JET

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                              Jerome Apr 1, 2013 12:13 AM

                              sounds like you had fun.
                              just a note: while sfaradim have rice during pesach, all three grains called farro are liable to chametz for sfaradim as well as ashkenazim, and cooked farro is straight out chametz for everybody.

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