ThaiTalian in Pasadena closes...
- Kevitivity May 27, 2008 04:19 PM
Well, I noticed that Thaitalian in Pasadena's old town is closed. It's really too bad because as gimmicky as the name and sign made it appear, this place actually had some tasty and unique dishes.
Let's hope something interesting replaces it - not another sushi or fro-yo place.
I have to say that I'm glad it's gone, I found the combination of Italian pasta with Thai seasonings to taste kind of weird, it didn't really work for me. I hope something better takes over that really nice space -- it seems that no restaurant has lasted long there.
It was of course inevitable - whenever we went there, we could always walk in and get a table at any time. We thought it was good for the most part, just really not good enough to be that far away from easy parking, nor quite good enough to be a frequent destination. The staff were always polite and friendly, the food well prepared, the prices reasonable. We enjoyed the occasional mingling of flavors - those didn't really happen all that often - and Mrs. O, who has a deep fondness for weird cocktails of some unnatural color or another, always enjoyed her explorations of the drinks menu. I, on the other hand, frequently found myself discovering that the wine I was drinking had come from a bottle opened some time ago. I wish I could say that it will be missed, but then that's why it closed: we all kept missing it.
I just had my posting here fall off, so let's try again:
We liked Thaitalian, for the most part; the food was well prepared, the staff friendly and willing if not always sharp, the room sleekly elegant, and the prices reasonable. But there were plentiful signs it wasn't long for this world, beginning with the wide availability of tables anytime we walked in, and the frequency with which I found myself drinking wine that had been opened longer ago than I'd have wished. We enjoyed whatever mingling of flavors we encountered, though that wasn't too common. It just was not quite good enough to stay afloat at the ragged edge of its district, that far away from easy parking and the bulk of the foot traffic. I hate to say this, but I wish Cheesecake Factory or something equally and undeservedly popular would move in there, and re-align Old Town's center of gravity a bit.
The lines out the door for other restaurants on Colorado Blvd indicate that there's money to be made from hungry diners if someone can just come up with a money-making concept, and hopefully also chow-worthy.