Thanks to those of you who helped me with my earlier post as to where to send someone chowing as a gift. After our discussion, I decided on the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. While I was there the flower arrangement guy doing his thang the arrangement was so beautiful that I wanted to come back later that eve to check-out the completed piece (as though I needed an excuse right?). Also the room seemed nicer than I remember it from long ago, anyway, here's what our eve was like:
We were right on time for our reservations and were seated immediately. Our server was able to answer the various questions we had about perticular dishes, she was friendly without being intrusive.
We shared an appetizer, seared ahi, it was quite good and fresh. It came with marinated cucumber with a miso-vinaigrette (the vinaigrette was so-so), pickled ginger and sushi rice.
Next I had the grilled jumbo prawns with a mango relish and a sweet chili sauce. The first shrimp just tasted odd to me, debated whether to eat the other two or not, then went ahead cuz the relish was pretty good and just didn't feel like sending it back. I dont eat shrimp enough to tell you why it tasted off, but it maybe was a little slimy. My husband had their signature black bean soup with crème fraiche, and it was okay, tasted like regular black beans to me!
I had the heirloom tomato pizza and I only wanted a _little_ bit of cheese and they put way too much on and I had to send it back (at that point I was glad I hadn't sent the shrimp back). The second pizza was pretty good and they were so good and quick about making it right, hafta give them credit for that.
My husband had the mesquite grilled filet mignon and it was good. Funny thing, I told him the accompanying risotto would probably not be as good as ours at home (again from reading posts from y'all on this board), and guess what, it was mushy, not firm and creamy, just mushy.
The desserts were very good. I had smores, I overlooked it on the menu at first because, well because of the name, then I actually read the description and it was really good. The make their own marshmallows and put them on top of some chocolate and a cookie beneath that and served with crème anglaise and raspberry sauce. Yum-city, (though technically I didnt like the cookies and didnt eat them, but all else-YUM). Hubbie had the blueberry-crisp, which he devoured.
The tab including two mixed drinks and a bottle of the house cab came to $166 (including tax and 20% tip).
Oh yea the finished floral arrangement was beautiful, part of what makes that place to nice to be in. Overall the food combined with the great service and wonderful room made for a good time.
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