713 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Parking: Street, Validated, Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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12/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We made reservations 4 weeks ahead of time, requested for the table to be located in the fireplace's room. Restaurant called us back the day before to confirm reservation and to let us know that they couldn't accomodate our request because they had a party on that room- no ""sorry"", no apology. I asked them to call me back and to let us know where they will be sitting us. They did and they assured me that it will not be in a traffic area (as time before) and it will be a corner table. Got there, our table was against a wall with a bench seat between two other tables which were very closed.
A ""I could care less how disappointed you are"" staff attitude dealt with us. There was no sincere effort or apology in person about the fact that they dumped our table location twice: once at the last minute after 4 week noticed and second the same day after assuring us that we would get a corner table.
Last time we went there we did talked about the snobish attitude of the staff, however my husband was unable to to go with us and I wanted him to experience the 9 course meal with wine pairing even though at the time we felt that food was minimal, too unique and specific tasting and that it was overpriced.
Never would go again!
We ended up at Roys (a block away) and we had the best service, time, food and reasonably price!
Want to try something similar as Maison Akira prefixed meals with wine pairing? go to Palate in Glendale (further for us but it is worth it!).
No wonder they haven't gotten any award! Check out who thinks is a great place to eat: the asian crowd.
Don't waste your time and money there!
their popularity has diminished the quality of their service and they've gotten pricey too!
they seemed to cater to the asian patrons more
Although the other dishes are also very good, the chef's special seabass is my all time favorite. I also love their lunch bento, the items are always good, of quality, and great tasting. Another worth while quality of the restaurant is the wine that they select for their tasting menus. Since I like having different wine with my different dishes, wine pairing is important to my dining experience and their wine paring skill is excellent. We like the restaurant so much, had the venue been available, we would have had our wedding reception there. Chef Akira is the greatest!
08/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We read some of the reviews and decided to eat there.
We ordered the $70 Menu Rabelais with wine pairings. My wife started with the Chilled “Momotaro” Japanese Tomato with Sautéed Hokkaido Scallops - excellent. I started with the House Smoked Salmon & Mozuku Aspic with Wasabi Caviar -- two cubes of salmon topped with a tiny bit of caviar and two cubes of gelled seaweed -- very disappointing. Next came the escargot -- very good but not great. Then the main course was the chef's specialty --Grilled Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass with Grilled Ratatouille. I was quite disappointed. It was quite ordinary and the last couple of bites had a fishy taste, so I didn't finish it. I told the waitress, who did nothing about it. My wife enjoyed it much more than I did. In the meantime, the first wine ( a fairly small glass) was a German white that was quite good. The second glass of wine was a French Vouvray that was too sweet and neither I nor my wife liked it. My dessert was the apple tart with ice cream -- quite good with a flaky dough. My wife had one of the special desserts with fruit, ice cream and a hard sugared dome. She liked it and said it was light and just what she wanted.
Our French waitress was delightful, but the food was generally disappointing and at $181, including tax and tip, it should have been great.
12/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The dinning area is beautiful, great for romantic dining. Service is good, well please note half of the tables are empty. Menu is very expensive, and personally I don't think it's worth the price.
Now the food:
Appetizer: C+, very small portion, taste average.
Lobster Bisque: F, taste like Campbell's soup plus Pepto-Bismol, seriously it taste like medicine.
Lamb Chop: A+, cook just right, taste great.
So, for the price I think it's overpriced.
10/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is my first review and I wanted to write about this place- it's amazing! The food is outstanding as well as the interior and service. We had a romantic dinner and I enjoyed every minute of the evening. By far, one of the best places to go with a special someone or a group of friends who can appreciate good food and wine.