If you’re getting tired of the same old same old, then check out some of the places that have opened around town in the past few weeks. A couple of them have been on Around Town Pasadena’s radar and we’re happy to finally welcome them to the neighborhood, while others have moved into town more quietly, but have already gotten the attention of local Yelpers. It looks as though seafood is in high demand as sushi and seafood make up most of the latest offerings.
From the Water
Lost at Sea in Old Pasadena has been the anticipated restaurant opening of the summer. Several outlets reported earlier that the chef behind Papilles in Hollywood’s Franklin Village was moving into town. It seems that the wait is worth it as people are already raving about the seasonal menu, including what sounds like a decadent summer soup: corn veloute. Apparently it’s a dish best served chilled, so be prepared if you do manage to snag a table.
Lost at Sea 57 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 385-7644
Takumi Sushi and Café
Takumi Sushi and Café opened in the former Novel Café space near Pasadena Community College. The menu is pretty broad and encompasses all the usual strip mall sushi essentials for fish eaters, non-sushi fans and sushi fans. You can find special mashup rolls, more traditional sushi, teriyaki, udon noodles, salads and then you can also opt to create your own combination plates, depending on what you like best. Prices look to be reasonable, with the best deals available during lunch. Also, Yelp rumor has it that the café is still serving breakfast in an effort to win over fans that enjoyed the previous occupant’s morning dishes.
Takumi Sushi and Café 1713 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 683-3309
From the Land
TLT Food has finally opened up, amidst the construction still going on in the area around the Pasadena Playhouse. Best described as Cali-Mex, TLT has things like nachos with more than just cheese and salsa as well as gourmet tacos, which borrow from Asian and Mexican cuisines and things like lamb sliders, which have a Middle Eastern history. And of course there is a selection of items available in bowls as well. The menu is neatly organized and full of descriptions so it’s easier to navigate than some lengthy offerings and they even deliver via various food apps, so you don’t have to deal with traffic, if you’re not seeing a show but still want to try the food.
TLT Food 36 S El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 714-7117
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