Hello wise ones,
I am taking my husband to Los Angeles for his big 30th birthday (we are natives of San Jose, CA) the first weekend of July and would like to treat him to a very special, romantic birthday dinner (both of us need some quiet in a dim area of the restaurant since this will be the first vacation for both of this year -- work's gotten the better of us and we really need a break!)
I have been researching for the past week and looking at Chowhund's message board for ideas but have finally given up passive reading and asking actively for help.
My husband's a picky eater -- Indian by birth, he's a strict vegetarian, LOVES home-cooked meals and when we eat out, he only likes Indian (but, of course!), Thai, Italian (stuffed ravioli only!), Malaysian and Mexican. Given these limitations, I'm having a really hard time figuring out where I should take him for a quiet dinner where we can just relax and he's able to eat something he likes.
My first preference would be a private booth (I had taken him to Maharani restaurant in San Francisco last year and they had these beautiful Fantasy Rooms that fit the bill just right) where we aren't disturbed by other people or an imposing server. However, I would compromise for a nice, quiet table in an open restaurant.
We'll be staying in downtown L.A. but willing to drive wherever. Also, as far as budget, I'd be happy to pay $200 for the meal and drinks and extra if the restaurant could arrange for a little special surprise cake (a petite one since hubby darling doesn't have much of a sweet tooth) at the end of the meal.
Thank you so very much for your help.