It’s not often I get to return to a restaurant I first reviewed when it opened 20 years ago to discover that what made it wonderful back then is just as wonderful after two decades of operation. (Frankly, it’s not often I even get to return to a 20 year-old restaurant since such longevity is rare.) But A’Float Sushi still has that magic — a nautical variant of the sushi-go-round restaurants common in Japan, relatively novel in the LA area and unique in Pasadena. Nevertheless, if the means of delivery were only a gimmick and the product substandard, A’Float...Read More
Author: Erica Wayne
Bacari GDL is the latest of a trio of bacaro-themed restaurants owned and operated by Robert and Danny Kronfli with chef partner, Israeli-born Lior Hillel. A bacaro, as the restaurants’ menus inform us, is a Venetian tavern offering a wide selection of wines and cicchetti, savory snacks or small side dishes. The firstborn (2009) of the three restaurants was titled in the singular Bacaro LA and is located just north of USC. The second adopted the plural; Bacari PDL opened in Playa del Rey in 2014. From the popularity and overwhelmingly positive reviews since its opening this February, Bacari...Read More
Bone Kettle, a newly minted (not yet four month old) restaurant in Old Pasadena features noodles and broth ($11) to be eaten alone or augmented with six meats that are recommended for pairing and sharing: braised ox tails ($30), fatty brisket ($24), free range chicken breast with roasted thigh mousseline (half $16, whole $29), beef ribs ($42) or prime fillet ($16). The broth, as the menu tells you, “is made using time-honored cooking techniques and fresh ingredients reflective of Southeast Asian traditions, made by boiling beef in filtered water with onions, garlic, ginger and a specific to Bone Kettle...Read More
Hello. My name is Erica Wayne, and I’m a carnivore. I confess I’ve eaten meat (red, white, pink and any other color the flesh of the beast comes in) ever since I was weaned. I’m so addicted that the mere waft of smoke from sizzling meat will cause me to pause, sniff the air hungrily, make a detour to locate the seductive aroma’s origin and, if I can rationalize the decision, stop to sample whatever’s being grilled. Even the word char causes me to salivate. I’ve tried to kick the habit. I’ve gone cold turkey, not giving it all...Read More
Let me start by saying that I love El Portal and its younger sibling Yahaira’s Café. But like most restaurants, lunch and dinner hours are bustling and noisy. Of course, El Portal (set at the Green Street end of Arcade Lane in Pasadena’s Playhouse District) and Yahaira’s (which fronts onto the Colorado Boulevard end of the lane) command the long pedestrian patio and courtyard between them as well. So on a sunny noontime or balmy evening, seating at one of the tables along the lane is a pleasant option. The El Portal family also has a little sister, about...Read More
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