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Sunday night dinner in Pasadena

galka Aug 19, 2008 06:45 PM

We need to meet friends for a quiet dinner on Sunday night- nice, but not too expensive. We will be driving from Ontario and they from West Hollywood. Can you please help us find a place to meet? Asian, sushi, something nice?

Thank you

  1. mrshankly Aug 20, 2008 06:28 PM

    Mike and Anne's in South Pasadena. The outdoor, patio seating during the recent, beautiful evenings is worth it alone.

    1. ElsieDee Aug 20, 2008 05:51 PM

      Daisy Mint - Asian fusion, excellent food, good service, shouldn't be too busy on Sunday night.
      Central Park Cafe on Fair Oaks - more excellent food, reasonable prices - again, good for a Sunday night.

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      1. re: ElsieDee
        Jack Flash Aug 20, 2008 07:18 PM

        I keep wanting to try that place. Daisy Mint, that is. Are there specific dishes you recommend there?

        Central Park is also a good suggestion for quiet and not too expensive on a Sunday, though it is not Asian or sushi.

        1. re: Jack Flash
          JeffSD Aug 20, 2008 09:18 PM

          Daisy Mint is excellent. The curry dishes are excellent, as is the Salmon with Cilatnro Sauce. We've been there three times and always had a great meal.

          1. re: Jack Flash
            crystaw Aug 21, 2008 08:50 AM

            I like the Daisy Mint and the Mike & Anne's suggestions as well! However, I don't think Daisy Mint falls into the quiet category

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          crystaw Aug 20, 2008 08:53 AM

          Shiro sounds like it would fit your description. I would also suggest Azeen's Afganhi Restaurant. http://www.azeensafghanirestaurant.com/

          1. ipsedixit Aug 19, 2008 09:52 PM



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            1. re: ipsedixit
              Jack Flash Aug 19, 2008 11:09 PM

              Excellent suggestion. Good food, quiet, not overly expensive considering the quality.

            2. lotta_cox Aug 19, 2008 08:49 PM

              This last Sunday I was in South Pasadena and we went to 750 ml. It twas veddy good.

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              1. re: lotta_cox
                Jack Flash Aug 19, 2008 11:08 PM

                It's the antithesis of "quiet" though, at least if there are more than 2 people in the restaurant. Those tile walls and cement floors make it impossible to have a conversation.

                You're right, the food is good, but there isn't nearly enough of it on the plate. Both times I've gone there (once w/the old menu, once with the new) I was really shocked at the minimalist portions. I'm not one who demands gargantuan, Buca di Beppo-sized portions, but for some of the things it really borders on ridiculous.

                1. re: Jack Flash
                  lotta_cox Aug 21, 2008 04:44 AM

                  I ate outside and it was definitely quiet. However, I cannot argue with you about the portion sizes. Some things were fine, but the fish portions were silly small.

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