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First time for lunch at Maison Akira

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First time for lunch at Maison Akira

Suvro | Aug 11, 2004 08:26 PM

The back room where we were seated is old style with graceful drapes and celing to floor mirrors all over. The crowd was predominantly female and older.

We both ordered the Special Bento Box - one with the regular beef, the other with the scallops.

1) Lobster Bisque - this was good, but somewhat below what I was expecting (from the reputation of the chef, their website "Best French Restaurant in Pasadena", and previous Chowhound comments) - good lobster meat, but the bisque was somewhat too brown (roux?) and did not have enough sherry to make it distinctive. The one thing that was good was the scallion garnish - the oniony taste against the bisque.

2) Chawan Mushi - this was served with the bisque - but would have been better towards the end - it was OK - nothing special.

3) Bento Box
a) Roasted Beef Rib-eye with Wasabi Potato Mousseline - this was good - the beef was thin cut, flavorful, and the wasabi flavored potato was a great concept - idea for next Thanksgiving
b) Tuna Tartare (on a small lettuce leaf) - I don't recall anything special about it - could have used more spices - this also came with a salad of mini field greens, a perfectly boiled and split quail egg, a small pickled cuke - the dressing was difficult to tell - somewhat vinegary
c) Crab Croquette - this was really great - thinly breaded, melt-in-mouth warm creamy crab with great crab flavor - I wish I could have more of this
d) Miso marinated Chilean Sea Bass - this is where he shone through (shades of Chef Yamashiro of Shiro - now Orihs?) - perfectly crunchy outside, well cooked and not too dry inside, with miso flavor in every bite.

The special Bento Box was $16.75 - a fair value. Next time I will try of his a la carte menu.

Maison Akira
713 E Green (at Oak Knoll)
Pasadena Phone: 626 796 9501

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