We discovered this place after trying to find “something different” in the Pasadena area. The reviews seemed solid. We entered, and were greeted warmly by the hostess (Note to restaurants, a warm hello goes a long way!)
The place has beautiful wood paneled walls, stained glass hanging lights, and just a nice, upscale but warm ambience. We ordered wine, Sarah's Vineyard, Central Coast, Pinot Noir for my hubby (it was so good), while I tried the Floris Apple Lambic. I am fond of hard cider, but this was far too sweet for me. The waitress noticed I was not drinking it, and asked. I said “well, I like it, but don’t love it. I do love the pinot though!” She offered to give me a glass of the pinot instead! I said “but it was my fault, I ordered the Apple Lambic!” “But you are not happy, and we want you to be happy!”
Huh? I know, but I was floored. And impressed.
And the Sarah’s Pinot Noir is a very lovely Pinot. My tummy and tongue were pretty happy.
My hubby had the Bosc Pear Salad with the Point Reyes blue cheese, candied pecans, arugula & pomegranate vinaigrette. Great balance of flavors, not too sweet, and nicely portioned. I tried the mussels in a Mediterranean broth with sundried tomatoes. I am not actually much of a mussel fan… but decided “why not?””
I got this nice crunchy toasted thick slice of bread, then figured out it was to dip into my mussel broth (I love a place that encourages me to use my hands...just sayin!). And when I tasted that broth…honestly I could have stuck my head in that bowl it was so good. My hubby tried it too. Just yummy goodness.
We are into our food, the Pinot is warming us up, and we are realizing “hey, nice time, good food, how ya doing honey?”
Then our dinners arrived. My hubby had the Steak frites, which comes with a nice pile of fries and veges, the steak perfectly cooked in a molasses glaze. Molasses? Oh hush, it was a rich and savory sauce that accompanied the steak well. And I stole some of those fries and dipped them in that sauce. I had the Halibut with fingerling potatoes that were cooked to perfection in some kind of sauce that again, just wanted to lap up.
We were too full to try dessert, but I can promise we will be back, bringing friends and sharing food and plan on doing some research about Belgium beers.
Service was great. Plates were quietly removed without interrupting conversations. Parking across the street is 6 bucks, and with a full belly, walking around Old Town Pasadena is recommended.
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