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Very special birthday dinner on a Monday

norton44 | Feb 25, 2008 01:26 PM

My dad is turning 60, which is a big deal in our culture (Korean). So I'm looking for a restaurant for the occasion. We want it to be memorable. For reasons beyond my control, the dinner has to be on a Monday. There will be 8 people. One of them is a 4-year old. She's usually well-behaved at restaurants, but you never know when it comes to kids. We live and work in the Pasadena/Koreatown area, so we don't want to travel too far. We're open to most cuisines, though my dad's not a huge fan of Indian or Mexican food. No Korean please.

My first choice would be the tasting menu at Sona (we all like it), but it's closed on Mondays.

Here's a list I've compiled so far: Campanile, Craft, Cut, Hatfield's, Jar, Jiraffe, Lucques, Providence, Spago, Urasawa, Water Grill.

Of this list, Spago and Urasawa sound the best to me, but I'm worried that they won't be happy about a 4-year old. I've had the tasting menu at Providence and wasn't overly thrilled. Jar, Lucques and Water Grill are okay, but I wonder if it's special enough for the occasion. I haven't been to the rest. By the way, I tried making reservations at Cut, but their only reservations that day are 5:30 (too early) or 9 (too late).

These other places aren't open on Mondays: Bastide, Capo, Grace, Josie, Langham Dining Room (formerly Ritz Pasadena), Melisse, Sona, Saddle Peak Lodge.

So what do you think? Any help would be so appreciated! Thanks.

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