I met a friend for dinner last night at the fusion restaurant, Thai-Italian in Old Town Pasadena. We got there at about 6pm and had the place to ourselves as we were the only customers. Obviously, we got seated right away in the modern, sleek room that had a bar area and from where I was sitting, what looked like an open kitchen.
The host brought out a basket of some rice crackers and bread as well as an olive tapenade. I enjoyed the crispiness of the crackers but the bread was on the dry and bland side. The tapenade was quite nice though.
The menu is pretty extensive...lots of different things to choose from such as salads, pastas, seafood, and pizzas. I settled for the Thai BBQ chicken salad with a citrus dressing and my friend ordered the spicy green curry linguini w/chicken. My salad was a good size portion with several slices of avocado, corn, red onion, and chunks of chicken breast. The dressing was tangy and flavorful. I enjoyed my salad but found the chicken a little dry and not very BBQ-like (it would've been fine without the chicken in fact). I tasted my friend's curry linguini and found it to also be tasty with just the right amount of curry, not too overpowering and the pasta was cooked just right.
Overall, we enjoyed our dishes but couldn't help but wonder if this restaurant will last very long in Old Town. As we finished our meal we noticed only one other couple at a table and one person eating at the bar. Perhaps business picks up later in the week or on weekends(we did go on a Monday night afterall), but I do hope more people will give Thai-Italian a try. The prices were reasonable (both our dishes were around $10 each), the service friendly and prompt and the dining atmosphere is very lovely.
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