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Mar 20, 2013 07:39 PM

Maison Akira Pasadena

Anyone eaten here in the last few months? How was it?

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  1. Last time I was there (probably about 4 years ago) it sucked.

    And felt like it was going to be sucking even more going forward.

    Better off at Shiro down the street unless you just have to have Baroque-style furniture as part of your dining experience.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I think it's just competent. Some foreigners who are not that knowledgeable about food like the ambiance. I agree that Shiro is better although of late the catfish seems chewy.

    2. Haven't eaten there lately, only because it's outside of our usual $$$$ comfort zone. We've gone there with Mrs. O's family, which basically trends French, on three different occasions about 2-3 years apart, and it was consistently good. Not amazing in any way, except for the magically inventive desserts (look wonderfully weird, taste great), but everything we've gotten was very good. A lot of this Board's respondents find it boring and a little shabby; well, it's quiet, there's nice chamber music playing just right for listening if you want to or talking over if you don't, and while some new carpet and wallpaper might be nice it feels like home to us, only with someone else cooking. Oh, and more expensive.

      So if a "high-energy" dining room and tattooed servers are your idea of a good time, skip this, please.

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      1. re: Will Owen

        Your comments seem fair. I think it's like a Bistro 45 for people over 45 or so.

        1. re: mc michael

          I thought Bistro 45 was for people over 45?

          1. re: mc michael

            For the record, on each occasion the family group has included our nieces. On the first visit they were in their late teens/early twenties, loved the food and went nuts for the desserts, and have clearly enjoyed the last two trips as well. I know that if I'd been in the vicinity of a place like this when I was a tweenie I'd have saved up for months to afford a meal there. I've changed my tastes and attitudes on many things over the last 50-some years, but good food and a calm place to eat it has always been high on the agenda.

        2. I haven't actually eaten there for years, but from what I remember, it was real quiet in there due to all the soft surfaces. Food aside, the ability to have a conversation without straining to hear is a HUGE selling point to many of us. I can't think of another restaurant I've been to that's as quiet. Maybe the Langham?

          1. We ate there during the last DineLA, having not been before. We liked it. Food was good, not spectacular or all that interesting, but definitely good. The ability to have a pleasant conversation without shouting or having to lean in too close to each other across the table to hear was very welcome in contrast to all the places we've been lately with interesting and great food. Service was friendly and attentive but not cloying. The regular menu seemed on the somewhat pricy side - though not too far over the line - for what it was. But so far as DineLA went, it was a good experience.

            1. related: anyone ever been to the mother's day brunch @ Maison Akira?