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Going to Old Town Pasadena

I am going to Old Town this weekend. I have not been there in a few months and would like to try something different than the regular places on Colorado. We will be parking behind the theater off of Union so we need something walking distance from there. It's my friends 31st and brothers 21st. No hip places or loud. Just something different and cozy.

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  1. Kuala Lumpur on Green St between Fair Oaks and DeLacey if you want something different.

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    1. re: Bon Vivant

      Thank for the reply.
      What kind of food do they have there?

    2. Malaysian food. The cooking at Kuala Lumpur has a lot more finesse than the cooking at Little Malaysia. While there are good restaurants in Old Town, Kuala Lumpur is a foodie restaurant and has been a Jonathan Gold favorite for almost 20 years (it's not a dive though).

      1. If you get to Luna Negra (across from Kuala Lumpur) before the flamenco show, it can be cozy and not loud. (The tapas are not as good as Bar Celona on Colorado, but Bar Celona may be too hip for your criteria.)

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        1. re: ozzygee

          Great, I would not mind staying for the flamenco show either. Do they serve mix drinks? What kind of food can I expect there?

          1. re: silvana

            La Luna Negra is spanish food, they serve hot tapas and cold tapas. They have house made sangria and I believe a pretty full bar, not sure since I always get their sangria.

        2. the tapas at bar celona are not that good.

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          1. re: revets2

            I don't disagree. I'm not basing my original opinion on tapas in general (having never been to Spain). I just have had better meals at Bar Celona vis a vis Luna Negra.

            1. re: ozzygee

              true. my point is i don't think the food is stellar at either restaurant, IMHO.

              still trying to think of a restaurant that fits the criteria in old town. tre venezia is the best in the immediate vicinity and it's pricey, but it's a good birthday spot.

              yujean kang on raymond is also good.

          2. La Huasteca for gourmet style Mexican food. Very good and reasonable for the quality and Mexican dishes you won't find elsewhere.