POP Champagne Bar – Old Town Pasadena

   

POP Champagne & Dessert Bar is one of a kind! It’s sexy and swanky, but warm and intimate environment is welcoming to anyone. Whether you’re on a first date, going to happy hour, a passionate foodie, or catching a night out on the town, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable experience at this Pasadena gem.

Chef Ray Vasquez has been with POP since it’s opening in 2008. His personalized creations are unique and mouth-watering! He’s always using new ingredients and ideas to create an ever changing and exciting menu. He offers a different Souffle every single night of the month. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely want to look ahead and check out the Souffle calendar so you can plan your visit on the perfect night for your taste buds!

I’ve visited POP on multiple occasions, and as a self-proclaimed “foodie,” I’ve always been impressed with what I’ve ordered.

We dined at the bar last night, as we frequently do. We ordered a couple glasses of the wonderful Testarossa Chardonnay ($14 glass), an excellent recommendation by Nathaniel. We started with the soup du jour, the Chicken Tortilla. It was garnished with a baked tostada, queso cojita, onions and cilantro. I was so excited to dig in and try it that I forgot to take a photo! But, I assure you it was fantastic! For dinner entrees, we selected the Margarita Flatbread Pizza and the Trio of Sliders (pictured below). The pizza was perfectly panned out, crispy in all the right places, with a delectable balsamic reduction drizzled on top.

Margarita Flatbread Pizza $14: cherry heirloom tomatoes, basil, parmesan, marinara

Trio of Kobe Beef Sliders $19:

  1. Surf and Turf- Shrimp, Jack Cheese, Cocktail Sauce, poppy seed bun
  2. POP Burger- Garlic Aioli Mayo, Bacon, Port Salut Cheese, port wine reduction, on onion brioche
  3. “BBQ Burger- House Made BBQ, Bacon, Cheddar, Crispy onions, on sesame bun

Of course we saved room for the souffle of the day. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare, so you may want to order it when your entrees come out. I appreciate that the Vanilla Anglaise is a generous portion that will make it through the whole souffle! I don’t think we left a single crumb behind, it was amazing!

Cookies N Cream with Vanilla Anglaise $12

The moral of this story is: indulge yourself in this experience, you won’t find it anywhere else. POP’s extensive selection of champagnes, wines and artisanal beers (for those manly men that wont partake) will please everyone. Chef Ray and his team do an outstanding job of keeping the menu fresh and tasty, with a menu of delectable entrees, small plates, gourmet cheeses, caviar, charcuterie, and of course the house made desserts that will tantalize your taste buds.

If all the talk about amazing eats hasn’t convinced you to, perhaps you need to know about POP’s best kept secret, Speakeasy champagne Sundays. Every Sunday, from 5-10pm, look for the secret password on POP’s Facebook and Twitter page, and get deeply discounted bubbly all night long! You’ll even get live music, every Sunday starting at 7pm.

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Happy Hour at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Pasadena

Roy’s Aloha Hour (Happy Hour) definitely earned it’s place on our list of best Happy Hour’s in Pasadena. Offered nightly (even weekends) from 4:30-6:30pm, Aloha hour can be a perfect place to grab a few drinks, or even an early dinner at Happy Hour pricing. Everything on the menu, including cocktails are $5. If the bar area is full, which is how you usually find it, you can sit outside in the patio and will be allowed to order off the Happy Hour menu.

I had a Patron Skinny Margarita, and the Mr. had the Roy’s signature Chardonnay, both at only $5 during Happy Hour. After a refreshing cocktail, we ordered the Short Rib Tacos, Big Island Ebi Roll, Tempura Crusted Spicy Ahi Roll, Smoked Mahi Mahi Tac0s (not pictured). and finished with the Chocolate Souffle (Not on the happy hour menu, regular price of $10). The Short Rib Tacos were fantastic, I’d would certainly recommend them, as would I the Smoked Mahi Mahi Tacos. The sushi was okay, just nothing special. I felt the rolls were too heavy on rice and lacking fish and other goodies. The Wagu Beef Sliders were probably the best value; two juicy sliders and a heap of sweet potato fries. Roy’s Chocolate Souffle is the best in Pasadena, I’d definitely recommend finishing off with that! Even at $10, it’s a delectible treat!! Don’t forget to order a last round of cocktails before Aloha Hour ends at 6:30pm.

 

                

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion

Aloha Hour: EVERY NIGHT 4:30-6:30pm

(626) 356-4066

641 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91101

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Kabuki Old Town Pasadena Happy Hour

With an abundance of great happy hour deals in Pasadena to choose from, I think Kabuki in Old Town Pasadena has one of the best! Two people can feast their tails off on a dinner of premium sushi and other Japanese favorites for under $50.

Kabuki Pasadena’s happy hour menu is short and sweet, but I’m pretty sure that anyone can find a few things they’d enjoy on there. Besides the food specials, there’s also $1.95 hot sake, $1 beers, and cocktail and wine specials. We chose not to drink on our last visit — so this review is for a happy hour food feast, sans alcohol.

Kabuki staff starts you off with complimentary Edamame. We began our feast with appetizers; the Seaweed Salad ($4.95) and Shrimp Fresh Spring Roll ($4.95).

   

Next, we ordered Salmon and Albacore sushi ($2.95 for each order of 2 pieces).

There are 14 different cut sushi rolls on the happy hour menu. The Philly Roll is my personal favorite. At $3.50 a roll, I’m a pretty cheap date! The salmon is always fresh, and the sushi chef’s aren’t stingy with it. Since we both love the Philly Roll, we ordered 3 of them ($3.50 each, $10.50 for all three), there’s only 1 pictured below.

Already fully stuffed at this point, we decided to indulge a bit further and ordered the Alaskan Roll ($6.95), baked salmon on top of a California roll, and the Rose Roll ($6.95), lightly battered shrimp tempura, avocado and spicy tuna.

 

If you’re looking for a sushi food coma, you and a guest can indulge in Kabuki Pasadena’ happy hour and accomplish it at a record price! Edamame, two appetizers, two orders of sushi, and five cut sushi rolls later, we overindulged and rounded out a bill at $43.72.

88 W. Colorado Blvd. #103, Pasadena, CA 91105 TEL: (626) 568-9310

Kabuki Pasadena on YELP