It has been a long time (4 years) since we had been to the Parkway Grill in Pasadena.
I was very impressed with the friendly greeting both at the door and by the Hostess when we entered. Our Server was also very professional and friendly.
We started with a lemon drop and cosmo martinis, noting an elegance in how each was prepared.
I started with a Tomato-Curry soup with croutons and shaved Parmesan. It had a lovely fresh-tasting acidity and the curry flavor was very mild, adding an unusually tasty dimension. Hubby had the Cabrales Bleu Cheese Organic Salad with red wine poached pears, candied pecans and tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette. (Because I was enjoying my soup so much, I did not taste it--he said it was great.)
Note: They no longer bring out the breads, unless requested. Their cheesy/cayenne sticks are fab!
We had a White Rock Napa Valley Claret 1999, it was a nice accompaniment to our meal.
My entree was the Mesquite Grilled Prime Filet Mignon with a Zinfandel-green peppercorn reduction. The meat was very tender and flavorful. It has been a while since I have had such a nicely flavored cut of meat. The creamed baby fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts were just okay. The hericot vert with smoked bacon had a nice smokey flavor.
Hubby ordered the Cedar Planked Salmon with Truffle Honey Glace with pancetta and shitake mushrooms. He loved it. I thought it had a nice flavor--very well prepared, and the pancetta and shitakes complimented the salmon beautifully. The potato croquette that he had with it was superb!
For dessert we had their famous Napoleon Creme Brulee--one of my fav desserts of all time. I need to make one of these at home--love the crunchy layers with the creamy interior and the buttery caramel sauce. I never tire of this dessert. We also ordered a berry cobbler. They always do a very good cobbler.
All in all, this is still one of my favorite places to dine. The service is unusually friendly and IMO superior to any restaurant I have been--from the Manager to the Busboy, a real continuity. There is an effort to make each guest feel welcome.
Sometimes in searching for the new, I have abandoned the familiar, and in so doing have sometimes been disappointed.
510 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105