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Maison Akira in Pasadena - a review

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Maison Akira in Pasadena - a review

sc | Feb 3, 2005 10:00 AM

I had dinner with a friend last night. We both had the prix fixe epicurean menu.

1. Salmon with artichoke and dill sauce (amuse): it was okay, a bit bland.

2. Sashimi with wasabi sauce and some baby greens. The sashimi was a nice piece of yellowtail, which almost melted in your mouth. Yummy!

3. Grilled foie gras on a daikon confit: It was good and an interesting pairing, but nothing special.

4. Fish of the day - grilled sea bass on a bed of wild rice pilaf with some asian veggies (bok choy, i think): I’m not sure if this was his signature dish. The fish was nicely grilled, crispy skin on the outside and flaky and soft inside. But the vegetable that came with it was very salty and sauce wasn’t that special either. Except for how well the sea bass was grilled, this dish was pretty bland and uninteresting.. a bit disappointing.

4. Kobe beef in a Japanese mustard soy sauce, with shitake mushrooms, potato, vegetable. This was very good; the sauce gives it a little umph, and the mushrooms were crunchy and tasty.

5. Timbal Elysee for dissert: This was the highlight of our dinner. It was vanilla bean ice cream in a thin wafer cup with fresh berries and raspberry/white chocolate sauce. It was simply divine. :)

I was stuffed after this. We also shared a half-bottle of red for dinner. The total for our dinner came out to around $195, including tax and tip.

Our waitress and the rest of staffs were very friendly and non-pretentious. The timing was a bit fast; we did feel somewhat rushed. Our dishes just came one after another. I guess it was because we came in around 8:15pm. We were the last ones to leave; I guess because it was a weekday.

The main dining room is very small and cozy, with a fireplace, but it got pretty noisy. There was a group of 4 businessmen in the middle of the room and two ladies beside us yapping away.

I wouldn't consider this place exceptionally outstanding. The food was pretty good and the overall experience was descent. I definitely want to try their lunch menu as well. It seemed like a very good value.

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