Posted by: guythinks | October 8, 2009

Maison Akira

Last night I had the pleasure of dining with my good friend Tony Yuan at Maison Akira, a French restaurant in Pasadena, CA. Maison Akira is owned by Chef Akira, who serves both traditional and non-traditional French dishes. Being from Japan, Chef Akira likes to put his own personal touch on all the food taking it to another level. We arrived a little early but were seated right away by the really cute hostess. As we walked through the restaurant to our table, I was taking a look around and noticed the odd set up of the restaurant and the old decor. It looks like a home but with many rooms. I forgot to take pictures of the dining room for Maison Akira but don’t you worry, I’ll try not to fail you in the future.

As we sat down we were given freshly baked French baguette and butter. Right after placing our order we were presented with an Amuse-Bouche. Steamed Egg Custard with basil pesto – This custard was so light and smooth it literally melted in my mouth. I usually am not a fan of Pesto but it wasn’t too bad in this dish as it gave it a strong burst of basil flavor at the end.

For the appetizer I had the Grilled Duck Foie Gras and King Oyster Mushroom in a Portwine Truffle Sauce. This was the very first time I had ever eaten foie gras and I loved it! Another melt in your mouth dish. And the sauce was delicious, I wanted to lick the plate. I refrained from doing so do obvious reasons. I’m not sure how the professors, doctors, and lawyers sitting around me would have reacted.

The Maison Kira Bento Box – With Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Hokkaido Scallop and Beef Bourguignon is what I went with for my entree. I started with the Sea Bass which was served on top of wild grain rice. This was the second time I have eaten wild grain rice and liked it so Kudos to that. The sea bass tasted great but I do believe it was a little over cooked because it was a little dry. I’ve had Chilean sea bass before and it was an extremely soft fish that fell apart in your mouth. Then I tried the Beef Bourguignon and went straight to heaven. When I think of Beef Bourguignon I think of Julia Childs and the movie Juile & Juilia. The beef was cooked perfectly and the sauce was out of this world. I had a strong urge to lick the plate again but I refrained once again. I then tried the Scallops that were served with endive. I wasn’t a big fan of this dish although the scallops were cooked really well and were so soft in the center.

Pan Roasted Lamb Chop – Coated with Herbed Panco in a Tarragon Sauce and Potato Mousseline. My friend Tony ordered this dish for his entree. I was able to taste the labm and it was quite a tasty dish. The lamb was seasoned and cooked very well and the Herbed Panco crust added a nice texture to the lamb. Tony did say his first piece of lamb was better than the second.

Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake. For my favorite part of any meal, I ordered this beautifully presented dessert that came with peanut brittle and coffee ice cream. I thought that I was going to have to push the spoon down to take a scoop of the cake but as the spoon came in contact with the cake it just fell right in it was so soft. A true chocolate lovers dessert.

Lavender Creme Brulee. Tony ordered this for his dessert despite being somewhat lactose intolerant. I’m sure it was worth it though because I was able to get a spoonful and it was a very tasty, smooth but crunchy creme brulee and the lavender was a really nice touch both to the nose and the palate.

Homemade Truffles to end the meal. Compliments of the Chef and Nancy Feng.

I was very pleased with the meal and look forward to coming back and trying some other things that were not available on the dineLA menu.



  1. The creme brulee actually didn't cause as much ruckus to my stomach as I had anticipated. It gave me gas for only a couple of hours, so it was well worth it. Sorry, TMI??

  2. I love your blog!

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