I was gonna visit our local Jack in the Box to take care of a late lunch! But an important reminder from our Pasadena Restaurant PIO changed those plans:
It’s the 1st Pasadena Restaurant Week here in our town until Friday!
Pasadena Restaurant Week was conceived to reintroduce Pasadena as a restaurant destination and remind Southern California and our local restaurants that Pasadena offers dining experiences to satisfy all tastes at every price range.
Anyway, it was getting late for lunch, and I was getting hungrier. I scanned the list of participating restaurants and chose 1810 the Argentine restaurant in Old Town Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard. It looked like they might still be serving lunch.
Each restaurant creates a specially priced fixed menu for lunch and/or dinner for restaurant week. 1810 has a 3-course lunch menu. Only $15. You pick 1 option from each course.
First course. I’m not fond of Lentil soup but my server said it was good. This soup didn’t change my mind about it.
Some Argentine memorabilia hangs on the walls
Second course. The menu said “petite” but my waitress said to go with the steak anyway. My 1st impression as it landed on my table was positive: it’s the largest petite sized steak I’ve seen! The mashed potatoes were buttery, creamy, and good. The steak was cooked medium rare as requested. Otherwise my steak was a bit on the rubbery side, and virtually tasteless. You might wanna order the chicken or salmon instead.
Last course, dessert! Go with the Flan suggested my waitress. Frown. But I can’t recall any Flan I’ve ever liked! Ok. One more chance for Flan. “How do you like it?”, she asked. I’m not sure but besides the caramel on top, I asked her if there was espresso in it! Anyway, this may be the best Flan in my life. Still, this is not saying much from me and this one didn’t change my mind about Flan.
Service. I had two servers. The one who greeted me, brought my bread and water, and made the suggestions but didn’t leave a positive, welcoming impression on this diner. Happily a new server took over with a new personality: warm, courteous, funny, helpful, and glad to have me in her restaurant!
With this economy hitting restaurants especially hard it’s especially important management know who they are hiring to represent them to their customers on the dining room floor. But it’s a hard lesson which management/ownership too often fails.
Nevertheless, at $15 for the above this menu was priced about right. Check out 1810 this restaurant week while taking into account my own experience.
If Argentine cuisine isn’t your thing you have other choices to check out: Bua Na Thai, Crepe Studio, Elements Kitchen, IX-Tapa Cantina, Japon Bistro, Maison Akira, Margarita’s Comida Mexicana, Noor Food & Wine, Villa Sorriso, or Yahaira’s Cafe – to name just a few. However, steak & potatoes with lentil soup…does that sound Argentinean to you?
The View from Colorado Boulevard
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