Had a very delicious Sunday champagne brunch at Maison Akira in Pasadena. For $32, it is the best bargain in town! Besides the great assortment of "appetizer" type offerings (nigiri sushi of tuna, yellowtail, unagi, squid and ebi), as well as tofu cakes with sweet tuna, wasabi deviled eggs, and marinated chicken (and countless others!) they also had a carving station of succulent leg of lamb and unbelievably soft and luxurious roast beef, with mint jelly, rosemary sauce and gravy to boot. All the sides were there, too, including wild rice with sausage, potatoes dauphinoise (creamy potatoes), vegetable couscous, steamed vegetables, and an egg custard. I was happy happy. Dessert was a dizzying choice of petit fruit tarts, eclairs and fresh fruit.
I have paid close to or more than $32 for brunches that do not even come close to the quality here. Now, don't get me wrong, you're not going to get the same quality and preparation as you would ordering dinner at Maison Akira (which is some pretty terrific stuff) but I had some of the best quality brunch items I've ever had anywhere. IMHO