Pasadena's Bistro 45 will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a party on Monday, Jan. 23 starting at 6 p.m. (the restaurant is usually closed on Mondays). It kicks off at 6 with Gruet Sparkling Rose upon arrival. Tables will be set with seafood brandade, pork rillette, house mustard, baguettes and cornichons. You will then be served "copious quantities" of steamed mussels with pomme frites, Bloomsdale spinach tarts and a chopped Caesar salad.
Entrees include leg of Aussie lamb, seared Scottish salmon and grilled winter vegetables with aged balsamic vinegar. Dessert will consist of platters of petit fours: dark chocolate truffles, Champagne lemon tartlettes and mini opera cakes.
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The wine pairings, "to consume to your heart's content," will consist of Prius de Morana, 2009 Verdejo (a crisp yet fruit-filled Spanish white), Jean Luc Colombo's 2009 Cotes du Rhone Rouge (a Grenache/Syrah blend), fine tawny from R.L. Buller & Son and a Robert Parker 93 pt. from Victoria, Australia.
The cost is $45 per person plus tax and tip. To RSVP, the restaurant recommends you call Eric, Gigi or Miria at (626) 795-2478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zagat has ranked Bistro 45 among the top 40 restaurants in Southern California from 1994 to 2011. Owners Robert and Deborah Simon also own aka: An American Bistro in Old Town Pasadena.
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