The Langham hotel in Pasadena  -6/16/10

Checking in Tour of property the Dining room Amuse bouche/First course Course 2,3 & dessert The next morning

Cocktail at the bar

Our reservation at the dining room was at 7:00Pm and since we have about 30 minutes to kill Hoa wanted to have a cocktail at the bar.  The bar was pretty empty when we got there but I was told that they get busy much later.  This is a really nice and relaxing atmosphere where you can stroll out onto the outdoor covered patio, but since I am always cold, I am sticking inside, seating at the plush and comfortable sofa.

On my way to the bar, waiting by the elevator. They have chairs next to the elevators so I am just sitting waiting for it to arrive.

This is what you see when you walk in the Bar...

It is very empty! I think there are a few customers sitting outside in the covered Patio.

Kevin and I, sitting while Hoa is ordering a Gin and Tonic.

Kevin and Hoa... The bar is just behind.  

The Dining room

The only hotel-run restaurant in Los Angeles with a Michelin Star. The Dining Room also received exceptional scores in the 2009 Zagat Los Angeles/Southern California Restaurant guide.

The chef is Michael Voltaggio the winner of season six of Top Chef.   To be honest, I’ve never watched Top Chef and had no idea who Michael Voltaggio but since the restaurant has 1 Michelin Star we decided to treat ourselves to a great meal.  We did not plan for this meal after touring the property we saw the restaurant and decide it we should give it a try.

As you walk in the Dinning room the menu is situated outside on the left corner.

 

Close look at the menu.

 

I am checking in with the hostess.

Hoa and I as we are walking in the restaurant.

Beautiful flowers arrangement!

Michael Voltaggio was crowned the winner of the sixth season of the popular American reality show ‘Top Chef‘ in December 2009.

Chef de Cuisine Michael Voltaggio’s celebrated style is described as new American cuisine using classic discipline and modern trends, and he delights in utilizing the bounty of seasonal produce that California offers while showcasing the best quality ingredients from around the globe.

Quick Bio

Born in Maryland, Michael began working in restaurants at the age of 15 and hasn't worked outside the industry since. He has studied under several celebrity chefs and the majority of his training has been in European fine dining kitchens with an emphasis on modern technique, flavor and presentation. He has been the recipient of several awards including the "AAA 5 Diamond" and "Mobil Award" while serving as Chef de Cuisine at the Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida as well as a Michelin Star while serving as Chef de Cuisine of Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in California. In 2009, he was a finalist for the James Beard "Best New Restaurant" award. Michael serves as Chef de Cuisine at Chef de Cuisine of The Dining Room at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena and describes his cooking style as sophisticated American Cuisine utilizing modern technology and classic disciplines of cooking.

Flower and lighting on our table.

I am checking out the flower arrangement.

Next.. Amuse bouche/1st course

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