I'd like to take a friend to lunch after we learn how to make sweet and savory tarts at Sur La Table in Santa Monica. The store is on Wilshire at the end of the Promenade. I'd like a somewhat upscale joint for a birthday lunch. Friend is a hound and adventurous, but we'd want more cloth napkins than hole in the wall for this. Somewhere in the Santa Monica/Venice area. Walking distance from the store is fine but also ok to drive. We will have some tastings at the class but will mostly just be hungry.
Ideas? I suggested Joe's but she has been there before (loved it, but new is always better), and Jin Patisserie (but we will probably have already had sweets at the class).