Three courses with steak and lobster for $26!
Complimentary bread basket. There was also walnut bread nestled underneath the French bread.
Lil' sis chose stuffed mushrooms in a balsamic glaze. A lot of meat! At least two inches worth, so that's why the mushrooms were sideways. Ground chicken and spinach mousse in a balsamic vinegar glaze. Normally, $5.95.
My brother and I got the lobster bisque, normally $6.95.
The flavor was very good, not too fishy or salty, which sometimes happens with bisques. But the best part was a pretty generous serving of lobster chunks.
The third option that none of us chose was the Asian pear salad.
Lil' sis got the lobster pasta as her entree. A very large serving of angel hair pasta with chunks of lobster, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a lobster vodka sauce.
It was mostly claw meat, but again, huge and very generous chunks of lobster. This isn't listed as a separate entree on their regular menu, but you can get a three-course dinner that includes a lobster pasta for $28.95. So basically, we got better appetizers and saved $2.95 with DineLA.
My brother and I chose the steak, sea scallops, and jumbo shrimp entree. The 4 oz filet mignon in brandy cream sauce was very tender, the two scallops were larger than expected, and the shrimp was big too. The regular $28.95 three-course dinner features an 8 oz filet mignon in burgundy wine sauce and two side dishes. Good, solid preparation of some classics.
None of us chose the third DineLA entree option of steak au poivre, sliced peppered filet mignon in a brandy cream sauce. We like our seafood.
Service up to this point was fine, but as the dining room filled up, the service markedly slowed down. The waitress said she'd take our dessert order later, instead of at the beginning when we already looked at our options on the DineLA menu. So we waited for a while after our entrees were cleared before she came to take our dessert orders. In the end, that turned out to be a good thing because two of the people at the table next to us ordered the flourless chocolate cake, then asked for sauce because it was too dry.
So we decided to order the trio of lemon, raspberry, and mango sorbets.
And two homemade tiramisus. Mmm. So good. And definitely not dry. Not French either, but I think of Cafe Bizou as French cuisine with some other homey favorites thrown in.
All those desserts are available as part of the three-course dinner on the regular menu as well.
All in all, I'd say Cafe Bizou was one of the better DineLA options in terms of getting your money's worth. The dishes were all solid and generously portioned. So much so that lil' sis took leftover lobster pasta home and oldest nephew liked it and says he now wants to come up to try out the restaurant. And really, isn't that the point of DineLA? I would certainly go back and pay the normal price for the three-course dinner. There are other dishes on the menu that looked appealing too, but it's hard to beat three courses, including lobster, for less than $30. :)
Other Pasadena Old Town restaurants:
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining - Pasadena (Old Town)
Mi Piace - Pasadena (Old Town)
Pinkberry - Pasadena (Old Town)
91 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103-3919
Monday and Tuesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. 10 p.m.
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2 years ago today, Baked Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin) with Brown Sugar and Butter.
3 years ago today, Dau Phong Luoc (Vietnamese Boiled Peanuts).
4 years ago today, Sour Cream Apple Pie.