I was thinking about taking my hubby to Madres in Pasadena (he loves Jennifer Lopez and really wants to go there), but I read in one of the topics of the worst places in L.A. that its not that good.
What is your guy's opinion?
It's "eh.." I mean, a touristy place, great if he likes JLO, but not for the food. I guess it wouldn't hurt to go for drinks - they have a nice bar, with cute bartender to boot. Or, you could lounge next to the fireplace.
The setting is like an English cottage with English teacups/plates they take away once they serve the fancy, pretty-plated Cuban food. Sometimes, they'll have men playing the cello, violin and walking around playing requested songs.
Yup, if he really really wants to go, just get a drink and the tres leches dessert - which is actually really rich.
The first time I was there, everything was great! Really good mojitos, interesting dishes, food well prepared. Terrific service. The last time I was there, I think the chef was having some sort of ongoing fight with the sommelier, and the menu choices were pared way down, the food quality not so good, service was still pretty good. That may have been around the time when JLO fired her ex who was manager there. Have not been back since. Maybe they fixed whatever kinks they were going through--but maybe not.
the chicken's not bad. good drinks. my husband doesn't mind the shabby chicness. i wouldn't call it a chick place.
I remember seeing a show on the style network about Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic fame actually designing the place, shopping the antique malls for the mix n max china and creating the overall ambience. I also thought it was JLO's father that was running the restaurant and that she opened the place for him as cuban food was his passion. Maybe things changed.