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Neomeze in Pasadena

Anyone been?

The food and ambience look pretty enticing from what I can tell on the website.


Any informed opinions on this one?


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  1. Interesting menus. Prices seem high for Mediterrean/meze. But it is in Old Town. When did this launch?

    1. Awesome food, drinks and ambience. Not pricey at all. Mediterrean style tapas that are tasty and the presentation is beautiful. Very distinctive flavors and a good mix of Med and Cal Cuisine. Beautiful bar and lounge and the service is great. Good for a date or a group. Neomeze opened end of December 2006.

      1. n.b. people are welcome to smoke in the lounge, which is indoors. which means that this place is very popular with those who enjoy smoking.

        this is the first time i have been asked if i want an ashtray in a restaurant, because last time people were allowed to smoke indoors in california, i wasn't old enough to smoke.

        enjoyed my goat cheese salad with an inventive pomegranate dressing and almonds but prohibitively expensive... it was the size of my palm and cost me $9. and that's on the low end of the menu. i would not go back due to 1) too many smokers, i can handle one but this was too much; and 2) really expensive, i feel like they're laughing at me on the way to the bank.

        1. Great new place. The menu is tapas style. So be prepared to order WITH your friends. Since there are no entrees, you get to have a bunch of items. The Lamb lollipops and the watermelon Neo were some of our favorites and the Calamari was the best i've EVER had. I know, big words but true. Another good thing about the place was the crowd. I dont know if it is because of the security or if the place just looks too nice, but the crowd was unpretenious and incredibly cool. Good place to meet new people and a great (and less costly) alternative to sushi when looking to share food with friends

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            1. re: MaryT

              Smoking is not allowed in the Dining room. Its only allowed in the canvas covered bar/lounge. Im a non-smoker and it didnt bother me. But, then again, we spent most of the night in the dining room which has its own bar.

          1. I wonder any hounder tried the dineLA dinner menu there? any feedback? :-)

            btw, rumor been saying that MaryAnn Salcedo, Gordon Ramsay's sous chef from Hell's Kitchen is the chef there now?

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            1. re: kelvlam

              According to the restaurant's site, http://www.neomeze.com/bios.php , she is the Executive Chef there.

              1. re: ElsieDee

                Dumbo me... how come I didn't browse through the site b4 asking such a stupid questions :-( sorry...

                1. re: kelvlam

                  *grinning* Not so dumbo and no apology needed - I was looking at their menu from the link up thread and then when I saw your question I was thrilled to have something to contribute. My apologies if that came off snarky - it was not intended to be so.

                  The menu looks interesting but a bit out of our normal price range.

                  1. re: ElsieDee

                    oh your reply is not snarky at all. I am fortunate enough haven't run into one like that on chowhound or yelp... hopefully never will ;-)

              1. re: kelvlam

                Had her food at a special event she was doing to hightlight the food at Meze: delicious and yes MaryAnn Salcedo is the executive chef.

                First photo: Potato Knish with smoked salmon, dijon creme fraiche, watercress and sunflower green salad, oscetra caviar

                Second photo: Grilled Orange Quail with braised Tuscan black kale, foie gras sauce

                Third photo: Slightly tempured sweetbreads with spiced chili glaze, bok choy, cepes, nori flakes

                Fourth photo: Smoked pepper pork, crushed butterball potatoes, braised endive, pinot thyme reduction

                1. re: lizziee

                  beautifully presented!!! I'm drooling already, and I'm going this Sunday :-)

                  thx for the pix lizziee!!!

              2. The food far far exceeded my expectations. It was excellent. Did the dineLA menu:
                Quail: beautifully crisp and still juicy, the kale was perfectly cooked, I was a little iffy about the foie gras sauce overpowering the dish, but not at all, it was nicely subtle.
                Smoked pepper pork: I'm not a big pork eater, but wow this was wonderful, just a little smokey, very juicy; the veg sides all perfectly prepared.
                Choc cake (can't remember the exact name): it was good, didn't knock me out.

                The staff, everyone from the host station to the server to the water guys, could all use a little bit of additional training. Everyone was very nice, just needed to up the level a little to match the food.

                We asked if Chef MaryAnn Salcedo would come out to our table, and she did! She was so down to earth and friendly, and really cared about our experience there, both in terms of food and service.

                This really is a gem in Pasadena, esp in old town. Plus they have a very nice lounge area where they play different types of music every night.
                For those of you who remember, this is the former Merida space, and they've done a beautiful job with it.
                Dine at Neomeze--we need to support restaurants like this.

                1. The menu looks promising. Is the place child-friendly at all?