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Naya Pasadena (sayonara?)

Griller141 | Mar 30, 200511:26 PM

Tried this place for the first time. Reserved a table on the end of a banquet (it's a banquet only place) for privacy. We let them pick the date/time that such a table would be available.
Got there 15 min early on a weeknight only to learn that our table and all other ends had already been given away. OK, we're sociable types and were seated 3 inches from two friendly tables.
15 minutes.
Asked if we wanted bottled water. No, just regular and a wine list.
Heard both adjoining tables warned that the chef left "last week" and that food would be slow coming out - "just so you don't get impatient". Uh oh. I know that Scooter Kanfer left several weeks ago, but didn't think things would be that bad.
No water or bread, but the menus and wine list arrived. Adjoining tables very friendly - a good thing as we were for practical purposes all at the same table.
10 minutes.
After 25 minutes, still no water or bread or return waiter - he seemed very occupied in discussing (arguing?) with the chef. Disappointing servings at adjoining tables.
Got up and left. No comments from any of the staff -neutral "good bye" from the hostess.
Went around the corner to Yujean Kang where we took advantage of the City's best Pinot Noir list (Williams Selyem gems, and others) and food that Savarin would have made if he had been born in China. Excellent as always.
Nest time we'll skip the first stop, not that it will be there that much longer.

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