Mom is turning 80 in October. We've been heeing and hawing over where to celebrate... She is relatively narrow-minded in her takes on food. Japanese, Chinese, maybe some Vietnamese. Outside of that, it's a huge gamble, and even within those cuisines, she can get cantankerous if the parking is tough, if the menu prices are high (to her, which means anything beyond free can be too high!), or if the place seems too high-end or too far from their home.
Westminster area is out, as is the San Gabriel Valley - she doesn't like to go that far from the Westside. And speaking of the Westside, we can't think of a place in the Westside that does good renditions of the food she likes and that will be able to accommodate a group of 25-30 guests. This leads me to think that the South Bay (within her geographic radius tolerance threshold) would fit. We think Sea Empress in Gardena would work for her (not our choice but it's about her, not us), but were wondering if there might be Japanese restaurants that would fit the bill as well? We only are versed in the small relatively informal places in the South Bay - Kotohira, Yuzu, Eboshi, Gaja, etc., none of these are suitable for this purpose. Places like Musha are out - she doesn't get the food there "Cheese? Mayo?" - generational gap and too loud for her.
- Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese - the more traditional, the better
- Lunch "party" on the weekend
- South Bay, or?
- Decent atmosphere - doesn't have to be great, but clean
- Accommodates a party of 25-30, mostly seniors
- Either set/arranged menu or menu listing no prices
Thanks so much!