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Orris on Sawtelle

cvc | Feb 9, 2005 07:50 PM

Finally tried this refreshingly unassuming place on Monday when a friend asked me to join for a last minute lunch. It has been years since I dined at the South Pasadena location but I recalled it being satisfying and truly fusion inspired. My companion found the menu offerings skimpy and unexciting, comparing it to Beacon for greater variety. We both agreed, however, that the quality was every bit as good and better in a couple of instances. He had the seafood linguine in a wonderfully fragrant broth of, at least, lemongrass and garlic with calamari, scallops and shrimp for $9.50. I opted for the prix fixe for $14.50 which was a generous two course serving of three separate items: a simple green salad in a nice balsamic vinaigrette paired with four nice slices of tuna sashimi topped with both finely chopped raw green, and carmalized, onions. My second course, the tempura orange roughy, was delicate and really delicious with an unexpected chopped tomato and tarragon sauce. Two fruit flavored iced teas brought us to $38 with tip.

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