Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Rate-A-Restaurant #364: The Royce (Pasadena)
Restaurant: The Royce
Location: 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave. (inside the Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena)
Type of restaurant: Steakhouse
We stipulated: After the Television Critics Association press tour (where I spent 2 weeks camped out in a Langham ballroom), Maria and I decided to get away for an evening... to the Langham. Since our time there was short, we decided to not leave the hotel, which meant trying out dinner at the Royce.
They stipulated: "The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse features the finest selection of USDA Prime Cuts, authentic Australian and Japanese Wagyu, expertly prepared over a wood-fired grill with White Oak and seasonal wood to sear in the maximum flavor and juiciness of each cut. The menu also includes a selection of fresh, seasonal seafood and comforting side dishes, created by Chef Perry Pollaci."
Corkage is priced at $25 per bottle Tuesday through Thursday, and $35 per bottle Friday and Saturday.
What we ordered: Warm kale salad (smoked bacon, dates, crisp brie, walnuts) $14; Moyer Farms Porterhouse steak $90; soft polenta (aged gouda) $9; grilled broccoli and broccolini (garlic confit, chili flakes) $9
High point: The Porterhouse was a great size to share -- with plenty left for the next day's lunch. And the polenta was a nice combo. The steak's salt crust was nice, even if the steak was a touch too rare.
Low point: A little too much garlic on the broccoli.
Overall impression: Maria and I celebrated a (long delayed) anniversary dinner at the Royce, which offered great hospitality -- including dessert. Nice attention to detail.
Will we return: We'd recommend it to others for special occasions as well.