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Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

Jun 3, 2014

l 1 300x200 Crossings Melts In Your Mouth restaurant reviews restaurant review food eat and drink crossings restaurant crossings  photoAn impromptu invite and we found ourselves seated at the bar on the second story of Crossings restaurant in South Pasadena. The small, cozy front room can be seen from Mission Street with white on white tables (tablecloths, napkins and dinnerware), u-shaped ribbed beige booth and matching chairs backed by the open kitchen and sided by brick walls, and filled with a dozen floating chandeliers that look like puffed origami stars. Previously, while walking by, we’d missed the staircase to the left. This we now climbed and found a side, dimly lit dining area, and facing the street were the bar and an open dining room.

Our friend was already seated at the bar with two appetizers set before her. We sought the week’s last ounce of patience and refrained from taking our fork and digging in until our cocktail—Crossing’s Eastside with rosemary, basil, cucumber, lime, and Hayman’s Old Tom Gin—had arrived and our friend had taken the first bite.

Braised short rib of beef with bacon on toasted polenta. The meat fell apart upon pressure from the tines of our fork, then we swirled said meat to lap up some of the dark sauce that was reduced and rich—almost lush, followed by a bite of  polenta that crunched, while also spreading across the tongue like the ultimate comfort food. It was difficult not to crowd the plate.

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Chef Lalo plating beef short rib with toasted polenta for a special dinner that helped raise funds for the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses float; photo courtesy of Crossings

 

We followed the rich and dense with the light and pungent. Grilled peaches, arugula, burrata, prosuitto, and balsamic vinegar. The peaches were hard but flavorful, their sweet mixing with the bite of the arugula and balsamic. The burrata was just another dose of creamy comfort.

We could not stay to dine this evening, but we plan to return and shall file a full report. Maybe we’ll sample the oxtail sliders, the Free Dive Scallop with purple cauliflower, or maybe a Kurobuta pork chop, the striped bass with ragout and pesto, or the cockles and mussels…

Crossings, 1010 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030. Starters, $11-$32; Entrées, $14-$40; house cocktails, $11-$13; wine by the glass, $9-$20; wine by the bottle, $30-$600. Crossings-Restaurant.com. 626.799.7001.

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Jeff Gaffner of Saxon Brown Wines in Sonoma will bring a selection of his wines to pair with Chef Lalo Sanchez’s specifically-created menu on June 23rd, which will include a parsnip and scallop first course, roasted veal loin and braised rabbit. See full menu and wine pairings here.

Saxon Brown Wine Dinner
Sunday, June 23rd, 6:30 p.m.
Crossings,
Cost: $120
Reserve a seat by calling 626.799.7001
Crossings-Restaurant.com

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Grilled swordfish with charred sweet onion risotto, grilled shrimp, and roasted corn salsa; photo courtesy of Crossings

 




1 Response for “Crossings Melts In Your Mouth”

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review! I would like to clarify, the date for the wine dinner is Monday June 23rd. The “Cooking With Lalo” tag was for a cooking class that has already happened.
    I really appreciate your review, and I am so happy to know that you enjoyed your time with us at Crossings! Please say hello the next time you visit.

    Best regards,

    Patrick Kirchen

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