I am looking for a spot in the Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, or Encino area suitable for a retirement lunch of about 15-20 people. Preferably low to medium prices, good food, comfotable setting for a group preferably Middle Eastern. The Carnival is an option, but despite the nice ambience, the food is so-so, and it is not well configured for a large lunch group. The Tempo in Encino was first choice, but they are closed for the month of May because of remodeling. Also checked out the Shiraz, on Ventura Boulevard between Sherman Oaks and Encino, but it is too pricey for working stiffs ($30 per person).