Melding their Japanese art of sushi with traditional Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, Sumiko Sushi delights palates with familiar flavors and unusual pairings. Pho tops the southeast asian offerings, pairing hearty beef broth with such fillings as sliced beef, meatballs, and shrimp. Innovative sushi rolls accompany sashimi with grilled meats and vegetables, eschewing rice for more unusual wrappings such as cucumber, vermicelli, and ghost rice.
At The Novel Cafe Pasadena, chefs specialize in quintessential American comfort food with a gourmet twist. The menu includes tuna nicoise salads, eggplant parmesan sandwiches, and other lighter dishes. You’ll also find heartier fare, including barbecue back ribs and clams with linguine, as well as dishes rife with locally grown produce. The on-site coffee shop stocks more than 15 varieties of organic teas, in addition to organic coffee beans and espresso. The baristas also serve freshly squeezed juices and extra-squeeze hugs. The café also hosts regular performances from local singer-songwriters and jazz musicians, which you can enjoy while sipping on a glass of wine.
Sometimes off-the-rack menswear just won?t cut it. Sometimes momentous occasions call for flattering lines and tailored comfort. Sometimes a man just wants to look good. When these times arise, the staff members at Le Monsieur snap into action. They specialize in custom-made suits hand-designed by clients, who choose everything from fabric pulled from a library of more than 10,000 swatches from Zegna, Dormeuil, and Loro Piana to accents including buttons, lapel shapes, and linings. Tailor-ready suits by top menswear makers such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Joseph Abboud complement the custom offerings, joined by a robust selection of trousers, sport coats, and Gitman dress shirts. Though the selection may seem daunting at first, staff members take that into account; personal shoppers can help clients find garb that fits their style, and closet-cleanout specialists can rid wardrobes of unflattering pieces.
Within CrêpeStudio's elegantly aged brick building in Old Town Pasadena, bakers follow an old family recipe when whipping up batter daily and shaping it into crêpes. Plates land on tables loaded with 24 varieties of sweet, savory, or breakfast crepes, which wrap around an array of grilled meats, cheeses, and vegetables or fresh berries and ice cream. Salads and paninis made to order house greater portions of ingredients without forcing vegetables to protect themselves against the elements by piling inside a sliced-open tomato. The studio surrounds its guests with modern décor, such as sleek wood paneling, exposed-brick walls, and colorful illuminated signs.
Big Daddy's Fire Grill's cooks whip up cookout-quality burgers in a fast-food setting, drawing praise for its homey flavors and remarkable value. At this burger joint, the cooks sear each Angus chuck patty on a grill heated by smoldering oak wood and NASA's retired shuttle engines. They also make aioli and ketchup in-house and sizzle every batch of fries and tempura-style onion rings in molten peanut oil, which is free of MSG, preservatives, hydrogenated oil, and cholesterol. Behind the counter, taps dispense domestic and imported beers by the pint or the pitcher.
Yaks make life in the Himalayas more bearable: they carry cargo through mountain passes, provide wool for cold-weather gear, and draw plows through the unforgiving earth. They also make some delicious dumplings. Known as momo, this delicacy is just one of the many found at Tibet Nepal House, where clouds of garlic, cumin, saffron, coriander, and cinnamon give life to 14 different vegetable curries, seafood stews, and hearty rice and noodle dishes. The kitchen's multitalented clay oven can slowly roast pieces of marinated lamb, turn Play-Doh currency into a reality, and bake loaves of dhopzi?traditional bread made from stone-ground whole-wheat flour. Diners enjoy their entrees with a selection from the variety of in-house wines or an Indian or Himalayan beer. Traditional teas stand ready to accompany any meal, with steaming cups flowing from pots including the herb-laced masala and the organic darjeeling. In addition to sating nighttime appetites, Tibet Nepal House hosts a champagne brunch on weekends and serves a lunch buffet throughout the week.