Friends are coming to town and want to take us and another couple they want us to meet to a west side restaurant. They are staying in Santa Monica. They want a restaurant that is "fun, informal, not too loud ideally with round tables" and of course serving great food. To give you some idea of their taste, their first choice was to go to Din Tai Fung, until they realized how far it is from Santa Monica. It's not that they want Chinese necessarily, just that they want something informal, very good and quiet enough to talk.