Claud & Co Eatery (Pasadena)
We just came home from dinner at Claud & Co., can't wait to go back. This was one of the best meals we've had in ages. Went with a friend, so there were 3 of us. This month's menu features southern style, it will change monthly. We had:
amuse bouche - hush puppies with a spicy, oniony sauce.
3 of us shared 2 apps, fried green tomatoes and shrimp & grits. Tomatoes were lightly breaded, fried and served with a lovely, spicy mayonnaise. Shrimp & grits had an amazing, deeply flavored sauce that was plate-licking good.
Mains: one order beef ribs with bleu cheese cole slaw, 1 lamb chop with black-eyed peas, one chayote stuffed with maque choux with shrimp, one side of cheese grits which we shared. I can't go into detail except to say that all flavors were spot on, portion sizes were generous, service was friendly and attentive. We were too full to order dessert, but were given a treat, a white chocolate pecan bite with spiced peach butter on top. Amazing.
They don't have their wine license yet, so it's BYO for the time being. The plan is to change the menu monthly. Their web site is awful, you have to go to their Facebook page to find the menu. They're only open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday, doing mostly catering on weekends. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. We had a 6:30 reservation, didn't leave until almost 9:00. Service is not slow, just leisurely.
Thank you for this. Do you know when this southern menu will be changing? I was in New Orleans last month and have been craving a good fried green tomato and Shrimp & Grits (although the version of S&G that I had at Firefly in South Pas was amazing). Also, can you estimate pricing? Thank you again!
The southern menu was supposed to be through June, so I don't know if it'll be available next week or not. Prices are fair for the quality - starters $7-10, main dishes $16-25. sides $6.50. We didn't order dessert, so I don't know what that charge is. Portions were generous. 3 of us shared two starters, three mains and one side (cheese grits), and couldn't have eaten another bite. The bill was just under $100.
And to clarify, I'm the only woman of the three, the other two are good-sized men with very healthy appetites.
Went to Claud & Co. Eatery for the first time last night.
They are doing Brazilian food for this month, and a good friend and his wife are headed to Brazil next week to watch the world cup soccer - so it seemed a good reason to visit.
8:30pm seating for 4 - the place was crowded but not full - however it is a small space, so reservations are recommended by the restaurant.
We decided to take our own wines - their corkage fee is by the stem - $6/stem - so it seemed like a good value. I had taken a 2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico - it was great once it had time to breathe in a decanter. Our friend brought a Barbera d'Alba.
The amuse bouche was a thin crostini with a topping of a cheese mixed in with chorizo, with a cherry tomato on the top.
The first appetizer we ordered is not on their online menu - it was some Brazilian cheese bread - like the French gougeres. Nice with the wine.
The second appetizer was their mango salad with Brasil nuts and scarlet lettuce with guava vinaigrette. This was very good, and something I have to try at home for the summer - good tropical fruit flavors, and tasty and healthy. We did not like the Brazil nuts, but other nuts like macadamia or cashew will be good substitutes.
For the mains my wife and friend ordered the lime cilantro roasted chicken breast with crispy polenta (long square blocks) and roasted chayote. Their chicken was really good with a nice crispy skin with very citrusy flavor. This was better than the Jidori chicken we had on our last visit to AltaEats, a little bit farther north on Allen. The crispy polenta was outstanding - almost felt like grilled cheese. The chayote was tasty also.
My friend's wife had the pan roasted sea bass with fried plantain chips, mango salsa, and cilantro rice. I had a small bite - the fish was very good. The cilantro rice was outstanding! Have to make that at home.
My dish was probably the least impressive - Moqueca de Camaro - sauteed shrimp with vegetables in a coconut cream sauce over rice. I am not sure why I chose that over the pork rib feijoada. It was a mistake. Not bad, but nothing particularly Brazilian in its flavor - more mellow Southeast Asian.
For dessert we dulce de leche with fried bananas. The bigger portion was the fried bananas, so it should be the other way around in their description. Good but not exceptional.
We chatted with chef Beltran, who came in a little later to help with the kitchen. We had a nice warm chat. He mentioned that he is planning to open a bar space where you can eat - and this will be no reservations but for walk-in patrons.
Also he is thinking of doing a Indian wine pairing dinner later - he has been working with the grocery store owners behind the restaurant - apparently they have a Indian restaurant somewhere, so he is trying to figure out how to do a one-night dinner with pairing wines.
Overall a very nice addition to our neighborhood.
The first thing that hits you when you walk through the unpretentious storefront door is the delicious aromas wafting from the open kitchen. The dimly lit interior makes one feel vaguely naughty, as if one were somewhere you shouldn’t be. That is only true if you are looking for ordinary, run-of-the-mill food. That’s not what you’ll find here.
I had been drawn to the Eatery by the German specialties that I saw on-line while planning our trip to Pasadena. Even though the menu had changed radically, I was still eager to try this place. I was not disappointed. On our visit, it seemed like the staff had decide to revisit some old favorites. Among the appetizers were shrimp cocktail, wedge salad and crab Louie. Two of us opted for the crab, while the other opted for the wedge. Both were exceptional. For our entrees there was one Steak Diane, one Chicken Kiev and one Duck a l’orange. All were worthy renditions of theses classics and the portions were ample. There was no room for dessert, but the crepes Suzettes being prepared tableside were impressive. The wine list is a somewhat idiosyncratic compilation and maybe not to everyone’s liking. There were only two types of beer available, as well. French press coffee, however, was a hit. This is the kind of restaurant with lots of personality and quality food that suits a foodie like me just fine. I just wish I lived nearby!
Glad you mentioned the wine & beer, as their license was activated in late September, so those interested in either should be ready to try the place.
and your discussion of the food is very different from those posters from earlier in the year. Your menu sounds much more interesting than anything grit-related.
If you were worried about Claud's menu being grit-related, don't be - that was during Southern month. His menu changes completely every month. We ate there two nights ago, it's Mexico this month, but don't confuse it with your local beans & rice joint.
We started by sharing a large seafood cocktail, with delicious fresh shrimp, scallops and corvina in a mild tomatoey sauce. We were given forks and spoons, and used the spoons to finish every bit of the sauce. DH had grilled skirt steak with a citrusy marinade and a side of poblano rajas, spicy and just perfect. I had duck breast in mole negro. It was served on a cactus paddle, which was just right for cutting some of the richness of the duck.
As before, the portions are generous and the price, for the quality is very reasonable - mains from $18-$26, sides about $7, starters a little more.
I'd been avoiding talking about this place, kind of trying to keep it a secret for those of us on the unfashionable San Gabriel Valley, but it's too good not to share. We've been there at least 4 times, and plan to make a monthly visit so we can sample every menu.