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A night on the town in Alhambra...

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My wife and I are planning on going out tonight (sans baby...) in Alhambra for dinner and a movie. I am thinking of trying either Cuban Bistro or Mahan. Do any of you hounds have any thoughts on either of these?

I saw earlier threads with mixed reviews of Cuban Bistro, but nothing regarding Mahan...

Any other suggestions for that area?

We have tried, and quite frankly were blown away by (both literally and figuratively, I think my tastebuds are still on fire from this place), Oriental Pearl, but are open to anything.


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  1. It's not the Water Grill but we really enjoyed the Weiland Fish Restaurant, right off of main street. Don't forget the obligatory stop at Fosselman's.

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    1. re: Slow Foodie

      Haven't tried Fosselman's, but been meaning to, and will make a point of trying them tonight.

      1. re: Slow Foodie

        I wouldn't rec Weiland's. Been there twice and really the only thing that was good about it was the big portions and that someone else paid for it. I think I had the mahi mahi, it was a chunk of fish and it really didn't taste like anything. My SO had the seafood pasta which she left over half of the plate and didn't doggie bag, which is highly unusual. I really wanted to like it because there aren't too many good seafood places around. I guess I'm spoiled by Gerlach's Grill Takeout in Pasadena.

        I would rec Wahib's Middle East further east on Main/Granada. They might have some entertainment there tonight. Zocalo is pretty tasty too and they sometimes have entertainment.

        1. re: Alan

          Sorry you had bad luck. Ours was better. One caveat, for us, is to ask that the fish be cooked rare.

      2. I liked Cuban Bistro, the dish I had was a garlicky halibut. The last time I went (summer?) the portions were bigger than before (I'm not sure if that was the complaint from previous posts). Never been to Mahan but my friend has and she likes it.

        1. Hi,

          I've been to Cuban Bistro several times and really like it. I really like their ropa vieja and the chicken, the plaintains are very good also. Once I went with my husband on a Saturday night, there was live music and the bar area was really hopping! It's a nice place. I also second the rec. for Fosselman's!


          1. Mahan is fairly generic Indian food, nothing special but it is relatively cheap

            1. Yazmin for Malaysian, just around the corner from the theater

              Their ptoh piah (sp?) appetizer is really, really good.

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              1. re: misst

                We had some of the worst food at Yazmin. This was after we discovered they had moved from their original location (several years ago) on Las Tunas near Vietnam House, and gone with some anticipation of our favorite dishes at their old location - specially the fruit appetizer with the sweet tamarind sauce (I forget the name). It was some of the most tasteless Malaysian food we had - we will never go back to Yazmin.

                For those who hanker for Malaysian food, much better choices in this general area are Kuala Lumpur (on Green in Old Town Pasadena) and Nonya (Raymond, also in Old Town Pasadena).

              2. I like Cuban Bistro. It's not the greatest restaurant in the world, but I think it's a good value. The mains (my favorites are palomilla, a marinated steak, and masitas de puerco, which is sort of a Cuban carnitas) are priced under $15 for the most part, and I'm always stuffed. The mojitos are tasty and reasonably priced, given what mixed drinks tend to go for these days. Plenty of free parking around Alhambra (including a parking structure directly behind the restaurant).

                It can get LOUD, especially on the weekend when they have live music, but that should make for a fun night out sans l'enfant.

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                1. re: Jack Flash

                  Cuban bistro a good value? are you whacked? it is the single most overpriced overrated place in all of Alhambra We went once and never ever again. To say its bad is being nice...total garbage

                  1. re: gary

                    While you may not like the food (in which case it's not a good value even if it's free), the fact of the matter is that there are very few white tablecloth places where one can dine, with alcohol, under $20/person in this county. ($12 main plus a $7 mojito = $19).

                    That makes it a good value.

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      are you crazy? mexican or chinese food you can FEAST for less than 15 bucks a head. the point you missed by a mile is Cuban food is supposed to be cheap food... geez even I got that...

                      1. re: rick

                        With cocktails?

                        Read the whole post.

                        1. re: Jack Flash

                          Ahh Yes with cocktails. I did read the whole post thank you

                2. I don't like Cuban Bistro.

                  Yazmin (as another person suggested) is very good -- if you enjoy Malay food. If you go, get the Chicken Rice or the Curry Laksa - both are delicious.

                  Wahib's Middle Eastern (another previously suggested place) ... I would pass. Nothing special about this place. Same for Weiland's.

                  Others to consider:

                  Zocalo (mexican) and Charlie's Trio (italian) are other choices to consider.

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                  1. re: ipse dixit

                    Zocalo is not very good pseudo-Mexican, and Charlie's Trio is very generic red-sauce Italian place. Neither are anything special. Better Malaysian is at Penang in West Covina.

                  2. Yama's is a good Japanese restaurant on Main st a few blocks east of Atlantic. I have to 2nd Fossilman's. Great ice cream.(get the two scoop sundae-white chocolate chip & chocolate rasberry ice cream. Hot fudge on the white chocolate chip and rasberry sauce on the chocolate rasberry. It will blow you taste buds away!)