Pasadena: Checking out the New Lost at Sea Restaurant

oysters

oysters

Lost at Sea opened in Pasadena two months ago. It’s a couple streets away from the busy stretch in Old Town Pasadena. Upon entering, it feels like you’ve crossed into serious culinary territory. But there’s a warmth and whimsy to restaurant as well.

I checked out Lost at Sea with a few ladies and we had almost everything on the menu. We started off with oysters and their fabulous bread and butter (not shown). The oysters primed us for a decadent seafood feast. They were sweet and delicious.

 

market vegetables crudite

market vegetables crudite

 

The whimsical vibe is definitely felt with the market vegetables crudite. The fresh veggies sit upright in a dish of dip.

amberjack with tomatillo aguachile

amberjack with tomatillo aguachile

 

Aguachile usually makes me cry because it’s so spicy but this version with amberjack was very manageable.

sweet corn veloute

sweet corn veloute

 

If there was one dish on the menu I really wanted to try, it was the sweet corn veloute. I love creamy soups. I love summer corn. These two things are a win win.

 

avocado salad

avocado salad

 

While there may be people in the world who hate avocado, I’m so very glad I’m not one of them. Bring on the avocado salad!

Caesar salad

Caesar salad

 

I also don’t mind actual anchovies in my Caesar salad. Actually, I prefer it.

octopus with mole sauce

octopus with mole sauce

 

My favorite dish of the night was the octopus with the mole sauce. It was perfect. I started thinking about my next visit and how I would keep this dish to myself.

shellfish soup

shellfish soup

 

For years my friends would tease me about my love for big ass bowls of seafood. I’ve grown up and this is the grown up version for those more refined nights out. The soup comes with wonderful prawns, clams and mussels.

sockeye salmon

snapper

 

I wouldn’t expect anything but perfectly cooked fish from a seafood restaurant. We tried both the snapper and the sockeye salmon. I tend to like fattier fish but the snapper had really good side veggies. The shimeji mushrooms and beans added a lot of fresh flavor.

sockeye salmon

sockeye salmon

 

On the other hand, I did go nuts for the salmon eggs and tomatoes with the salmon.

steak frites

steak frites

 

One cannot live by fish alone though. Or maybe you can but I like to have a balanced meal. You might think meat would be an afterthought at a seafood restaurant but the steak frites were surprisingly good. The steak was exactly how I like it- medium rare. I started thinking about the first time I had Chef Tim Carey’s food at Papilles so many years ago. You could see his touch in everything and how it’s matured as well.

Chef Tim’s family are long time Pasadena residents and they’re also a seafaring family. The restaurant walls are lined with photos of old Pasadena as well as the family’s sailboats.

tart

tart

 

Did we save room for dessert? Of course we did. I have never really been a pie fan but it’s another story for tarts. Just one bite (well, maybe three) pushed me into bliss.

dessert

dessert

 

 

There was also pudding which I enjoyed the crunchy topping quite a bit. It reminded me of breakfast cereal in the very best way possible.

I shall enjoy having this modern Californian seafood restaurant in Pasadena.

Lost at Sea

57 E Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103  —  (626) 385-7644
 
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