the royce at the langham hotel.
we recently did a family dinner at the royce, located inside pasadena's langham hotel. the food was delicious, and the space was weirdly modern, but still beautiful. what really set the restaurant apart for me though, was our waitress. she had the patience to put up with my family, which is not always easy due to some language and cultural differences, and she did it all with a smile on her face.
the gougeres that came in the bread basket were peppery, and an unexpected treat. the appetizers were small, but enough for our table of five to get a good bite or two of each.
the sides that came with the meal were very good. vegetables were wonderfully charred and seasoned; the creamed corn was unique in its freshness and flavor, without being heavy.
i only got pictures of james's and my steaks. he had the australian wagyu new york strip, medium rare, and i had the dry-aged sirloin, rare. everything was cooked perfectly. most steakhouses tend to overcook when i order rare (not sure if it's because they don't really believe that i want a rare steak or what). i am always pleasantly surprised when i actually receive a rare steak, and this one was quite delicious and full of flavor.
they had a hot buttered scotch on the dessert menu, so james just had to order it. he tells me it was really good. as for the rest of the desserts, we opted to share the bread pudding and the panna cotta. both were excellent, like the rest of the meal. the royce was really somewhat of an unexpected gem. i usually walk away from steakhouses a bit underwhelmed, but the food and the service here made for a genuinely great dining experience.
The Langham Huntington, 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106