Tonight I went to Bistro K, a small restaurant in South Pasadena. Overall, I highly recommend the place - it's small, adventurous, and an excellent value. The wines are BYOB and there's no corkage.
I strongly endorse the following dish:
Braised Leg of Lamb Tian Style, with roasted Eggplants, Tomatoes, a Hint of Basil, Thyme Infusion and a side of Chick Pea Flour Soca Style Crepe
This is just melting mass of delicious lamb, served in a sort of timbale. It's the sort of thing you expect to eat at a small restauarant in the French countryside; most restaurants don't have the patience to make this type of slow food.
And it costs only $16.25. I don't quite know how this place stays in business at these prices, but I suggest trying it while they are still here.
A word of warning: most of the desserts were disappointing. The one exception was a very nice pineapple tarte tatin which needs to be ordered at the beginning of the dinner.