By Jill Weinlein, 12/20/2012
Craving Thai food? How about Indian? Cajun? Flavors from around the world can be found at Mondo Taco. Start with a homemade corn tortilla and fill with a selection from over 20 original recipes. Try your favorite flavor in a flour or wheat tortilla wrap or in a bowl to receive twice the portion. It’s served with original rice or crispy cabbage. 1292 S. La Brea Ave. (323)939-0161.
Maison Giraud for the Holidays
Before Christmas, order a Buche de Noel, pumpkin pie, pastries, and buttery croissants for your Christmas table. After Christmas, on Dec. 27 enjoy a four- star French dinner for $90 per guest. 1032 Swarthmore Ave. (310)459-7561.
New Location for AOC
Chef Walter el Nagar from La Botte in Santa Monica is preparing a seasonal Italian menu at the new A.O.C. location. BarberShop will be upstairs, while Suzanne Goin prepares food downstairs. Enjoy a six-course farmers’ market prix-fixe menu with or without wine pairings at the Chef’s Table on Saturdays and Wednesdays through Jan. 12. It seats 16 diners per seating, with two seatings per night at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person. Wine pairing is an additional $35 per person. 8700 W. 3rd (424)272-5849.
Peking Duck Christmas Meal
At WP24 enjoy a seven-course Christmas Day dinner that starts with lobster hot and sour soup and includes roasted Peking Duck with traditional garnishes and slow-roasted leg of lamb accompanied with Yu choy, choy sum, water chestnuts and Szchuan peppercorn sauce. Finish with Eggnog pain perdue and bourbon-maple ice cream. $150 per person. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)743-8824.
Gladstones Christmas Eve
A festive three-course feast of seafood includes lobster bisque, blackened fish flatbread, butternut squash risotto, Maine lobster ravioli and pan roasted halibut. Finish with white chocolate bread pudding dressed in a Chambord raspberry glaze. The meal with a view is $44.95 per person. Gladstones is closed Christmas day. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 17300 Pacific Coast Highway (310)454-3474.
Umami Burger at The Grove
Open all day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Umami Burger at The Grove is serving their full menu and some holiday favorites. Try the spiced Japanese yam topped with a turkey patty, giblet gravy, ginger-cranberry chutney and flash fried sage leaves. All other locations closed on Christmas Day. 189 The Grove Dr. (323)954-8626.
Napa Valley Grille
Christmas Eve will feature a wine country inspired menu that includes roasted veal marrow, pancetta wrapped venison chop, rustic apple galette and Frangelico tiramisu. These items will stay on the menu until New Year’s Eve. On Christmas Eve the restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is closed on Christmas Day. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.
Live Music at Seasons 52
Listen to Charlie Sleeth and other talented musicians at the piano bar during lunch every Thursday through Sunday during the holidays from noon to 5 p.m. Order a meal for under 500 calories after shopping or while enjoying some downtime at the fresh grill and wine bar. Throughout the year, rotating musicians will be play at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sun. through Thurs. and until 11 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. night. The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day. Charlie Sleeth will be performing until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 195, (310)277-5252.
Petrossian during Christmas Eve
Tonight, a Caviar 301 class is being taught for serious caviar conissours at 7:30 p.m.. On Dec. 24, Executive Chef Giselle Wellman is offering aseven-course prix fixe menu that includes a starter flight of their signature caviar, followed by butternut squash soup, chestnut ravioli and pork loin roulade or Maine lobster. Enjoy a Christmas Day five-course meal with a plate of chocolate Buche de Noel or white peach tart. 321 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)271-0576.
Those looking to spice up their Christmas Eve will enjoy Susan Feniger’s tamales at Street. She is cooking up pumpkin poblano (vegan), Oaxacan jackfruit (vegan), sweet corn (vegetarian), chicken mole, and Nicaraguan pork. Pick them up and take them home. All tamale orders need 24 hrs. advance notice. 742 N Highland Ave. (323)203-0500.
Celebrate Christmas Eve in the true Italian spirit with a Feast of Seven Fishes. The seven-course dinner will put everyone in a festive mood. Dinner is $70 per person. An optional wine pairing is $40. 525 S. Flower St. (213)228-8998.
Celebrating its 6th anniversary, Beachwood BBQ is offering a four-course dinner celebration of the pig. It’s paired nightly with a craft beer until Dec. 23. The cost of the dinner is $35. 131 Main St. (562)493-4500.
Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room
The new chef Stephen Kalt is offering a Christmas Eve menu that includes the regular dining menu and some specialty items. Start with a complimentary Christmas libation and finish with holiday sweets by pastry chef Kriss Harvey. White asparagus bisque and lobster dumplings, roasted prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and whipped potatoes are feautred items. 9360 Wilshire Blvd., (310)388-6860.
Beer Lovers NYE
Tony’s Darts Away is offering a NYE party with all you can drink beer from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Limited edition of kegs and specialty brew will be tapped. Passed appetizers and a buffet of dips and snacks are included. Each guest will receive a Tony’s Darts Away NYE glass. Raffle prizes, rare beer bottles and gift certificates will be given away. Reserved indoor seating is $95. Reserved patio seating is $75. Tickets can be purchased in person or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org W. Magnolia Blvd. (818)253-1710.