I had to find a place in Culver City for 17 people and after repeated attempts to contact the management at Duke's Hideaway/Munchkins in the Culver Hotel (extremely rude and uninformed staff) I gave up and moved to Plan B. I'd heard about and drove past Cucina Paradiso on Motor and thought it wouldn't hurt to investigate. A week before the party I met with the manager and Chef and was happy to find they had a back room dubbed The Palmer Room which was the perfect space for our happy hour party. They apparently have Jazz on Thursdays and Karaoke on Wednesdays as well as other events. You can order food from the restaurant and then watch the shows.
The attention and warmth of the chef and manager made the experience so special. They offered a sample of their tiramisu which was one of the best I've tasted. The chef even promised to whip up a special sauce for the night of the event. With their help we chose 4 of their over 20 appetizers and settled on a drink ticket situation for the attendees.
The night of the party we were shocked to find that the room had been decorated with a Christmas tree and lights, a pure coincidence, yes, but nice nonetheless. When the guests arrived they began bringing out the food.
The basic bruscetta was anything but. The tomatoes were absolutely fresh and vibrant, redolent of garlic and basil, and sitting atop perfectly toasted bread. The chicken satay were simple yet fun to eat. We also had proscuitto wrapped asparagus, again, the freshness of the ingredients and the care with which they were arranged on the plate made them disappear. And finally, the chef turned boring quesadillas into perfection by adding a hint of truffles. People were literally coming up to me with the quesadillas in hand thanking me for picking such a wonderful place. They wanted to know why the quesadilla was so damn delicious. I explained the truffles to them and all they could do was nod appreciatively. The tiramisu was the clincher. When the watier came out with the plates heads turned, eyes went wide, and despite everyone's general satisfaction, they all dove in.
I highly recommend Cucina Paradiso/The Palmer Room
if you are looking for a place for your holiday party, or any party. 4 appetizers, dessert and 3 drinks each during happy hour the per person total was approximately $40. Apart from that, The Palmer Room just seems like the perfect place to hang out. There are numerous big screen televisions, an excellent sound system, a wonderful calendar of live events, and a staff that goes out of its way, I hope that this restaurant stays around for a long time.
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