An American (Traditional),Mexican business
There needs to be a twelve-step program for weaning oneself off of Groupon. Until then, I am enjoying my addiction merrily. The latest food related Groupon I purchased was to red + white + bluezz, a jazzy wine bar and restaurant in Pasadena. I’d seen it since it first appeared but never got curious enough to plop some money down – until now. My friend Evan and I decided to go halves on it, which now looking back, is pretty stupid since the only real thing a Groupon meal split is going to cover for two people is the tip. Oh, well, live and learn (hopefully learn anyway).
Evan went the smart direction – he picked from the prix fixe menu with a wine pairing. He got to chose an appetizer, a main and a dessert and three wines were carefully paired with each dish by the knowledgeable waitstaff. For his meal, Evan chose:
Appetizer: Crab Cakes passion fruit riesling cream, mango sweet pepper relish, micro intensity mix
Main: Pan-Seared Loch Duart Salmon with mashed potatoes and some green beans
Dessert: Speyside Butterscoth Pudding, 12-year glenlivet brown sugar custard, chantilly creme, shaved cocoa, fleur de sel
You actually do not have to get the wine pairing. That is an additional $18 for a three-course meal.
Unfortunately, none of my pictures of the crab cakes came out well but Evan loved them and was kind enough to let me have a taste – yum, indeed! Both of us recommend this starter highly, and bonus points for the refreshing side of greens.
Now, me. Well, I was a little more than bummed out that red + white and bluezz is falling into the same pattern as many high-end restaurants and not keeping their menu up to date. Seriously, people. If it’s a “sample” menu, say so, otherwise have a care and keep it updated otherwise you’re going to have to explain to people like me why there are no fried green tomatoes when they were advertised as being on your menu. My original intent was to order a few appetizers and a dessert, but the fried green tomatoes not being on the menu any longer threw a wrench into the gears of that plan and I opted for the traditional 3 course meal, ordered the old fashioned way since the other appetizer I wanted was not offered on the prix fixe menu.
Starter: Fried Mac N’Cheese – signature cheese blend, frosted flake panko crust, bacon sharp cheddar béchamel
Main: Duck confit over a bed of risotto with peas and corn (it was described better on the menu, but again it is not listed on the website’s menu)
Dessert: Butterscotch pudding
Appetizer: OK, not what I was expecting. I was envisioning a little crock of some kind. Anyhow, these were good but definitely need to be shared with company because they’re so rich. I wish the inside had been a bit creamier, as it was a little starch-overload. I could have used a light bit of greens like Evan had with his starter, although I do understand why they wouldn’t with this.
Dessert: This is the Dessert to Rule Them All. The Pudding of Puddings. I would eat this every single day until the day I left this earth. I can’t even begin to explain the harmony that each of these components bring to the overall dessert because, like the One Ring Itself, it’s just fucking magic. I speak for both Evan and myself when I say that if you’re going to hang out at this place and listen to some jazz, at the very least order this.
This pudding made up for my crummy entree, hands down.
Live jazz is performed every night and it was enjoyable to hear in the background (we made sure to sit off a ways from the band).
Would I go back to red + white + bluezz? Yes. The dessert sealed it for me, despite a sub-par entree. It is not uncommon in my experiences to find high-end bistros like this one to serve excellent apps and desserts but fall short on entrees, although Evan enjoyed his well enough so perhaps it was merely my draw of the cards that evening.
red + white + bluezz
70 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
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