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Indochine in Pasadena

MsAC | Apr 13, 200502:03 PM

Had a quick dinner last night at this little place in the mini-mall at the corner of Mentor & Colorado in Pasadena. We weren't expecting much (esp. as we were just at Golden Deli a few weeks ago) but were pleasantly surprized. The menu goes well beyond Pho. Husband's lemongrass pork was flavorful and tender, and I would say more but I only got one bite. I had the beef grill - cook your own wafer thin slices of beef at the table and wrap into rice paper rolls with mint, cilantro, lettuce, bean sprouts, pickled veggies and cucumber. The beef was marinated in spices and garlic and had a kick to it.

The space is fine, if a little sterile, but the service was good. Best of all, though, was that the food had a brightness of flavor and freshness that isn't always easy to get in a restaurant. It reminded us of the good street food we ate in Thailand last month, and that's saying something. AND - dinner for two for under $20? How can you go wrong?

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