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date night restaurant in glendale/pasadena area

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  • Clyde May 7, 2009 11:59 AM
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i'm looking to try somewhere new- somewhere i've never been before. coming from eagle rock and i am not in the mood for cafe boujelaous, though i love it. i want to go somewhere i've never been. i loved Siena in pasadena, but sadly it is closed. been to palate, and bashan, so those are out. anyone been impressed lately by any restaurants around here? no meat please. fish ok, but prefer outstanding veggies if possible. pasta would be great but i'm trying to be gluten free. trying. not necessarily doing it so italian could work. good wine is a huge plus.

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  1. Head to Malbec. It's meat centric, so you'll be a tad limited, but I know they have at least one fish and pasta main on the menu.... Really great roasted veggies. I'd suggest calling and finding out if there are more non-meat options.

    Here's a link to my recent review.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/614499

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    Malbec New Argentinian Cuisine
    1001 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

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    1. re: The Oracle

      I was there two nights ago. My girlfriend had the salmon that is regularly on the menu and it was spectacular, possibly the best dish any of us had out of the six of us - and everything was good. One of my friends had the fillet of sole special fish dish and it was great, too. A friend had a vegetarian ravioli that was superb. We also had a variety of appetizers, the best of which was a mix of grilled seafood with a truly remarkable paprika-garlic sauce (on the regular menu) and a very strange but utterly delicious thin sliced beef with a tuna sauce was also amazing. In general, we loved it. The service was some of the best any of us have ever had, the wine was great, all the food was delicious and there are a whole lot of non-meat oriented dishes available.

      It's a very pretty, but simple, little restaurant. Comfortable and almost, but not quite, romantic.

      1. re: estone888

        Thanks! I remember reading about Malbec on here and wanted to try it.

    2. oh one question re: Malbec- do we need a reservation?

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      1. re: Clyde

        I suppose it never hurts - especially if you preferred the outside sidewalk seating or wanted a booth vs. a table. Personally, I'd call ahead for a weekend and just wing it on a week night. Ask to be seated in Santos' section...

        1. re: The Oracle

          Definitely second Santos - he was a delight, a great waiter, friendly and very knowledgeable.

      2. Crepevine. It's small romantic little slice of Europe. Try the tuna Tartar, the duck flatbread and any of their salads. They also have this excellent rose Champagne by the glass, you can't get more romantic than that.
        Crepevine Bistro‎
        36 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA‎ - (626) 796-7250‎

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        1. re: PurpleTeeth

          Crepevine closed.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            OMG really. That sucks. We hadn't been in a bit and their website is still up. That is sad, I guess a victim of the times.

        2. Canele in Atwater Village. It is one of my favorites!

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          1. re: ultraviolet

            i adore canele. especially on the weekends for the fish soup- also, they have this great red wine that i love though the name escapes me right now. canele is right up my alley- just looking for somewhere i've never been.

          2. How about Three Drunken Goats?

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            Three Drunken Goats
            2256 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose, CA

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            1. re: cjla

              yep, been there too. love it. right up my alley as well.

            2. How about Mike and Anne's in South Pasadena.
              Wide selection of food and wine.
              Patio seating great, especially with the warm weather now...
              Not very intimate if you are trying to be romantic...but it is a nice place to sit at dusk and have a great glass of wine out on the patio...

              http://www.mikeandannes.com/index.html