Despite California’s close proximity to the coast, good seafood spots are somehow few and far between. Lately it seems that burger joints, steakhouses and other meatcentric spots have been landing in town, so it’s nice that a seafood joint is opening up in Old Pasadena, Lost at Sea.
Located in the former Sangers & Jo space near Union, which has been attracting diners from close and far, Lost at Sea is a collaboration between Tim Carey and Santos Uy, the partners behind Papilles in Hollywood’s Franklin Village. The team also happens to be locals from nearby Arcadia and La Canada. While many seafood spots are inclined toward the East Coast seafood scene; Lost at Sea is all Southern California, with a European flair.
The menu is set to change seasonally and is influenced by local farmer’s market but features accompaniments with plenty of spice like habaneros, tomatillos, and other local flavors. There is also a careful selection of beer, cider, and wine from small producers all over the world. The menu currently featured on the official website is small and controlled, but Eater reports that there are plans to expand from solely fish features to items that non-seafood eaters will enjoy as well, like steak fries and even a veal chop for two.
Décor-wise, Lost at Sea is nautically inspired with casual-cool mismatched tables and chairs, and other seafaring touches like vintage photographs of Carey’s family sailboat. Kind of like your cool grandmother’s beach house, all soft woods in a teal room.
With its location off of Colorado, Lost at Sea looks to hold some of that same hidden gem quality as its predecessor, Papilles, which is said to be a real treat that mainly locals in the area go to, despite heaps of praise from critics. And hopefully it will bring some flavor and a new option for enjoying high-quality seafood at an affordable price point.
After a soft opening this past week, Lost at Sea is officially opening August 9, and hours will include dinner, an early social hour, and eventual plans for lunch and brunch.
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