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Pasadena: Langham Huntington - Royce's Grill and Terrace Cafe

glbtrtr | Dec 12, 201302:20 PM     3

New concept restaurant at the venerable Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena apparently open only a few weeks - stayed there as an overnight guest and enjoyed our dinners very much.

Best lobster bisque anywhere reported DH, full of lobster flavor and cream, while my warm kale salad was full of crunch and flavor from the bacon and toasted pecans and cheese grating to play off the well dressed tender and warmed kale. I had the hanger steak with chimmichurri and DH had the top sirloin with béarnaise - we ate every bite along with the array of grilled onions - leeks and sweet white ones. Breads were crusty loaf slices and perky hot cheese puffs.

Fully satisfied at this point we could not pass up dessert to give this place its full due and the apple pie for two was perfect. Apples somewhere between sweet, tart, crisp and tender under a thick and savory puff pastry crust with sides of calvados ice-cream and the most delectable burned caramel sauce with a pleasing touch of cayenne that made the whole worth far more than the sum of its parts. Haunting. I hunger for it now just writing about it.

Pricey. Nice wine per glass cabernet. Attentive service. Lovely setting. All together a very nice dinner and venue for those in this part of town. It was an evening well spent.

Breakfast in the Terrace Cafe, eggs benedict, orange juice and coffee - all first rate. A hotel that doesn't act like a hotel -more like a home visit with an accommodating good friend - lovely way to spend a mini vacation in the heat and heart of LA basin.

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