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The Raymond - Pasadena

WildSwede | Nov 17, 200505:30 PM

A big thanks to all who responded to my post yesterday. All recs were great and are on the list for futures ventures.
We decided that we were going to try The Raymond. Arrived around 1:30. Requested to sit on the patio. Were the only ones out on the front patio.
Ordered water (flat) and the crab cakes. The water was from Wales and came in a blue bottle. All I wondered is why we got no ice in our glasses for it. Oh well. They have a wonderful wine list and since we had to go back to work, we did not indulge.
The crab cakes appeared. 2 small cakes, on a bed of sautéed spinach with a white wine mustard sauce. Very good! Cakes were all blue crab, some chives and red bell peppers. Could not detect any additional filler. Delish!
We had a bit of a wait for the waiter to come back out to take the rest of our orders. A little irritating for A since she had mentioned that we were on a slight time restraint.
Waiter came out and took our orders. I ordered the French Onion Soup and the Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass which came with sautéed spinach, crispy potatoes, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, lemon emulsion. The sea bass was lightly seared and tender. Very good. The addition on the olives really made the flavors pop. The cherry tomatoes were peeled. This was a very good dish.
The French Onion Soup was probably the best I have ever had. A agreed. Served in a small cast iron pot with a lid. Really deep and delicious. I could have eaten this all day (okay, until I burst!).
A ordered the Brown Derby Cobb Salad. It came chopped and included diced chicken, Apple Wood smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, crumbled Maytag blue cheese and chopped eggs. I did not taste this. She said it was lightly dressed which was perfect.
Of course, we had to order dessert. We ordered one each of the Chocolate Moelleux -
soufflé cake with a melting chocolate center, served with vanilla ice cream and Lemon Millefeuille layers of puff pastry, lemon cream and whipped cream. A preferred the chocolate (since she is a chocoholic) and I preferred the lemon (since I am not). The Millefeuille was light, tart, and the raspberries were perfect. I thought that the Moelleux a little too much dark chocolate (which is the reason A liked it so much) but I am not really the right person to judge it. It was good.
We felt that the waiter neglected us a little bit, even though we realize that this is a place where people linger over their meals. For example, it took a long time 10+ minutes for them to bring out the dessert menus, even though we requested them while our plates were being removed.
All in all, a delicious meal, within a great setting. It was a perfect day to sit outside as CulverJack recommended – thanks!
Would love to go for the afternoon tea or the brunch next.
Total before tax & tip $99.90.


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