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Neomeze in Pasadena (in old Sol Y Azul space)


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Neomeze in Pasadena (in old Sol Y Azul space)

Clare K | | Apr 23, 2007 11:58 AM

Checked out Neomeze on Saturday night. I used to go to Sol Y Azul, back when it was good, so I was hoping to find a new favorite here. That was not the case, unfortunately.

The atmosphere is very cool - lots of browns and burnt orange and mossy greens. We sat at the bar, as the restaurant was booked (good sign). We ordered a pear martini, which was excellent. The bartender is apparently a martini expert, and they have a martini menu there that really shows off his talents.

The menu is international small plates, and we ordered a few things to share:

Kobe beef tartar: Very odd. These came in the form of tacos, only the "shell" was a parmesan crisp shaped into a taco shell. These were stuffed with the beef tartar, which was mixed with a mustard-y sauce, then came with a side of chopped eggs, parsley and onion. I love beef tartar, but I found it somewhat unappealing served this way. The flavors did not go well together at all, though I can see how a chef would think so in theory. And the presentation just looked kind of gross - raw meat tacos? No thanks.

Scallops: Simple, seared scallops - cooked just right, and very tender.

Avocado & Crab Tower: I had high hopes for this, as I love the combo of crab and avocado. But this was bland and lifeless. Too much cucumber in the mix caused the crab and avocado to be watered down in flavor.

Seafood Biryani: Saffron rice with shrimp, clams, mussels & calamari with roasted red peppers & baby peas. It looked great, but again, bland. The seafood was cooked just right, but the sauce was incredibly mild and flavorless. Kind of more like a porridge than an Indian spice dish.

The service was so-so, and the food was just okay. But if you want drinks and a fun vibe, this is your place. It just fails as a food desination.

Clare K.

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