Abricott doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter where you come from, whom you’re with, or what you like to eat—this Pasadena meeting and eating spot is all about good food and good service at an affordable price.
Owned by John and Jo Wee, the same design-savvy couple who brought you Daisy Mint, Abricott showcases another fusion-heavy menu that demonstrates their genuine passion for quality. The vibe is lowkey, with a mostly white décor accented by hints of orange and tall bookshelves open on both sides. Order at the counter for lunch and find a spot at one of the mod seating arrangements. If you’re there for dinner, bring your own wine and relax on the indoor/outdoor patio and enjoy table service from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. The very back of the restaurant is home to a cozy nook that seats ten for private parties. Here, you’ll find an elegant Victorian chandelier, walls of old books, and chic wall hangings.
Celebrated for its inventive menu, Abricott is always trying something new, but some dishes have already become staples. One of the most popular is the yellow curry with chicken, which puts your go-to Thai takeout place to shame. The homemade coconut milk curry is infused in the chicken, potatoes, and carrots in a way that makes us wonder if it’s been cooking all day. The chicken is unbelievably tender, pulling apart without a knife’s support. Soft potatoes and sweet carrots seem to never end and are just as flavorful as the chicken. Over brown or jasmine rice, this is an excellent dish to share —or keep for yourself. The sesame marinated flank steak salad is another favorite, starring steak that is juicy but not too heavy, served over a bed of greens complete with crisp onion, soft avocado, and a tangy, spicy lime dressing.
At every table, a different cuisine is represented. As the waiters file out of the kitchen, one wonders anxiously what will pass by next. Pho, mussels Provençal, pork belly sandwich, and even chicken wings just scrape the surface of what Abricott has to offer. The focus might be on French and Vietnamese fare, but the ever-changing menu might visit Thailand, or Korea, or the American heartland.
Inviting, informal, and friendly, Abricott caters to families, couples, business lunches, and the solo diner, and there’s something for everyone—and none of it costs more than $15.
238 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.796.1613, abricott.com. B, L & D daily. BYOB. $$
Photos by Kat Ward