I had a terrific lunch today at Nonya in Pasadena. I remember a thread on this board several months ago that left me feeling like Nonya was a No-No, so I hesitated when it was suggested by a friend today for lunch.
I will attempt a re-cap of our choices while it is fresh in my mind. We started with a very subtle appetizer of big, whole shrimps covered ravioli-style in spring roll wrappers with a nice sour chile lime sauce, as well as an order of sea salt crusted mushrooms, unlike anything I have ever tried before.
We followed that with little "sandwiches" of scallion laced pancakes filled with lamb and crunchy bits of veggies.
My personal favorite was a crispy whole duck breast that was shredded at our table by a waiter. We then took the duck and rolled our own creations using a crepe-like eggy wrapper using various veggies and condiments. A little messy, but fun!
I did none of the ordering , because my friend seemed very familiar with the menu, so I cannot tell you the names of the dishes. I did pick up the tab though and can tell you it was $75.00 for the two of us...no alcohol.
The owner, Simon, came by the table and was very friendly and seemed to honestly care about our dining pleasure!