Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today's Groupon revives shifting sustenance: for $25, you get $50 worth of traditional tapas, dining, and drinks at La Luna Negra in Old Town Pasadena.
La Luna Negra's menu is filled with authentic Spanish fare, including paella, tapas, and more. Bring friends and split tapas in traditional style, from galician scallops (jumbo scallops wrapped with bacon and leeks, sprinkled with seasoned breading and baked, $13.95), to the rueda de brie (wheel of brie baked with slivered almonds and served with fruit chutney, $10.95), to brocheta de pollo (chicken and chorizo brochette with sweet peppers, garlic-cumin mayo, and caramelized red onion relish, $11.95). Authentic Spanish paellas, such as paella valenciana, with seafood, chicken, and chorizo in the traditional saffron rice ($24.95), and the savory cordero a la sevillana, a leg of lamb roasted with rosemary and tarragon in a pomegranate sauce ($26.95), can fill hunger-potholes on stomach road.
With colorful décor and rustic murals by local artist Romi Bagh, La Luna Negra's atmosphere is a festive complement to the colorful eats. La Luna Negra also hosts live bands on alternating Saturday nights after 9 p.m., as well as a live Flamenco show featuring living Flamenco dancers each Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
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Luscious La Luna Negra gets a 3.5-star average from Citysearchers, and TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes. They have a mere three star average from Yelpers and a four star average from Yahoo! Locals, with some mixed opinions on the service, but overall, agreeing the food and décor is excellent:
- We couldn?t [sic] stop admiring the decor, the colorful walls, the gorgeous table settings and the general atmosphere of the place. Then came the food... OMG!!! we wished it would not stop coming. Yum, yum! – Maestra1, Citysearch
- I went here 3 times before even realizing I was allergic to red wine. And I'll still have a glass of their sangria...its so good. – Julie L., Yelp
La Luna Negra
At La Luna Negra, the re-creation of Spain's rich culture extends far beyond the menu of distinctive Spanish tapas. It's also found in the eatery's colorful decor, which includes lush floral murals that fade into plumes of red and purple. Inside the space, performers stamp to evening flamenco shows and weekend live music. Diners may also enjoy mountain views from the patio, or host a private party in the upstairs room, which hosts music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. The hot and cold tapas are a show in themselves, as diners often decide to share these small plates of spicy chicken and sautéed shrimp garnished with cheese and fresh fruit. To cleanse the palate of salmon fillet or saffron-laced paella, diners sip house-made sangria and wine or press and hold each taste bud until it reboots.