We are coming down from San Francisco to host a party for 8 good friends in LA - so 10 in all. All are sophisticated albeit irreverent eaters and requirement # one is for fantastic, preferably innovative food and seamless service. Pretensions will be skewered by this group. We will all order our own meals, although a tasting menu is possible with flexibility for a shellfish allergy. A private room for our small party is preferable so we can actually hear each other talk. A boisterous place won't work for this. Expensive is fine. Several couples are coming from the valley and one from Beverly Hills and one from Orange County - so Central location would be nice.