My mother loves buffer. So yesterday our family went to the mother day buffet at Langham Pasadena. Langham's one the few top-dollar Mother Day buffet available in LA .
The Good : free valet, very fresh salad greens, excellent Jazz band, well dressed waiters, nice looking dessert displays at the entrance, choice of four varieties of caviar : black and green tobiko, salmon roe and lumpfish.
The Bad : We were assigned and led to table 52, an already occupied table. Our guide was befuddled, left us standing by table 52 while he sought a solution for the situation. Ten minutes later, our guide came back to seat us at table 44.
The Ugly : Limited food choices and average to poor food quality. Specially, the stone crab claws were frozen, thawed and were tough and tasteless. Half-shell oyster were dried out. Bacon were kept in a covered pan collecting steam. Over-cooked roasted beef. After noticing that the piece to be sliced has no pink, I requested a center piece from the adjacent, uncut piece. Still no pink. The leg of lamb is no better.
In conclusion, the Langham's ballroom mother day buffet's environment is very pleasant. The free rose for mother is a plus. Food-wise, disappointing.