Just a quick summary of a few places I've tried recently that have been mentioned before on this board. Even though I'm still getting my feet wet in this area, I've got to give back to the board that has given me so many tips!
A group of 14 of us celebrated a birthday at Saladang Song. In addition to the regular menu, the waitress brought us a special "banquet" menu. We ordered 2 of the $98 meal, which was supposed to serve 6 people each. Everything was good, although the choices were the more Americanized ones from their menu (e.g. BBQ chicken, pad thai, chicken satay). Service was very gracious and they brought out the cake I bought and sang "Happy Birthday" for the birthday girl. The restaurant is beautiful and had great ambience for the price. Total, including tax and tip, came to $17 per person.
Another birthday celebration was held at Radhika's Cuisine of India. Although our reservation was only for 12, 22 people showed up for the dinner (no one knows how to RSVP these days!). The manager was super-accomodating in adding extra tables and place settings for us. I thought the food was delicious but I'm not too familiar with Indian food and wasn't sure what I was eating. Portions are a bit on the small side, making it great to try a variety of dishes. Total came to $14 per person. I loved the experience (food, atmosphere, and service) so much that I went back 2 nights later to try some more from the menu. Tikka masala and aloo gobi from the second trip were very good.
Finally, a group of us students were treated by a professor to dinner at Delacey's in Old Town. The restaurant has a very clubby, masculine feel to it. The food was similarly traditional and comforting. The caesar salad had a nice kick and the best crunchy garlic croutons. It's prepared tableside, but be forewarned that 1 order is entree-sized. I had a very nice grilled sand dab with boiled red potatoes and steamed broccoli, not avant-garde at all but still good. Overall, a nice place with familiar foods. If I was older, I'd think that this place was a throwback to my past, but as it is, I'm glad I got a chance to try it.
383 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Radhika's Cuisine of India
140 Shoppers Lane
Pasadena, CA 91101-2618
Delacey's Club 41
41 South Delacey Avenue
Pasadena, California 91105