We've usually gone on weekWe've usually gone on week nights when it's been quieter, but there were lively crowds when we went this time on a Saturday night. We discovered Vol. 94 by accident last year when we just happened to walk by, and what a happy discovery it was! The food is delicious... love ordering and sharing different small plates, and although we've found favorites that we go back to, such as the purple cauliflower, whenever we try something new, it's never been a disappointment. The service is very good... appropriately attentive and helpful. Also - like that the owner comes by the table to say hello and check on customers. The wine list is excellent - varied and reasonable. Highly recommend14/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFood excellent, wines mediocreNot knowing anything about Pasadena, we tried to find something different rather than the usual steak/fish. Vol.94 was quite unusual but everything on the food menu was excellent: the broccoli rapini and string bean veggies, the pork belly entree, the salami platter. All excellent. There were some unusual but great taste combinations. Service was excellent. The only disappointment is that they have a lousy selection of wines. Tolosa Winery seems to be everywhere on the menu and it's not very good. Listen up, Vol.94: upgrade your wine selection and I will give you a perfect score.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the shrimp kaya toast,Love the shrimp kaya toast, best green curry mussels! Thanks for another awesome experience. Will be back soon!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a romantic hiddenThis is a romantic hidden gem. Made reservations on a Wednesday for 7:30 on Saturday night w/ no problems. Wait staff was really nice and helped us decide which items would go well together. The duck fat nuts, kale salad, pork belly, and escolar w/ forbidden rice were all delicious. The escolar was so good we ordered a second. The food pacing was off--slow coming out at first and then uneven afterward. We ordered wine flights and liked the wine selections. Before we even had time to finish the first wine, they brought out full glasses of champagne (which was delicious) to apologize for our wait. But we didn't mind because the food was delicious when it did come. The leisurely pace actually made the evening more enjoyable. Will visit again.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWill be back!Great experience and love the vibe. Its simple, sexy and the food is yummy!
The sommelier was great and very helpful and hands on!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWas a great find. We wereWas a great find. We were looking for a place with small plates and good wine and this did the trick. Atmosphere / decor was interesting (in a positive way) so it was a nice break from some of the other local places. Service was really good; food was great; and all at a leisurely pace. Also noted there was a room upstairs that looked like it would be good for groups.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved everything we tried.We loved everything we tried. It was a fun experience. The chicken and waffles was delicious but, our favorite was the Carbonatto which was carbonara made with risotta and served with two crispy skinned filets of fish that were excellent.
Our waitress was very attentive and even treated us to a glass of champagne because we were so patient while we waited for the restaurant to open. I thought that very nice though it was my fault for showing up too early. :-)2/17/2013 12:00:00 AM