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About Maison Akira
Owner and Chef, Akira Hirose, has created an exquisite menu featuring French cuisine with a Japanese flair.
In this casual, but elegant atmosphere, one can experience fine dining with an international flair. Akira takes personal interest in preparing each selection with the freshest ingredients for a culinary delight. Chef Akira's specialties include Grilled Duck Foie Gras, Miso Marinated Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, and Roasted Rack of Lamb in a Rosemary Sauce.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Hours of Operation:
Lunch:Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Buffet Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday and Tuesday CLOSED
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Hirose will come and cater an elegant meal in your home. Please see http://www.maisonakira.net for contact information and pricing.
We validate for 1 hour free with dinner in the Arcade Lane Parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate parties from 20-50 people with advanced booking arrangements. Please call the restaurant for more information and availability.
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Maison Akira Ratings and Reviews
Le restaurant le plus precocieux de Los Angeles! If anyone remembers the former Chez Sateau, then you will know what I mean when I say that Maison Akira does not quite make it as a classical French restaurant with an Asian (Japanese) flavor. Sateau was among the great Tables du Monde. Akira unfortunately falls short.
The ambiance is quiet with classical music playing lightly in the background. The hostess on the other hand is a bit loud and grating. The menu is extensive featuring fish, fowl and meat in a variety of choices. We had the signature miso marinated Chilean sea bass and the equally signature rack of lamb. Both were excellent beyond words and very well priced, surprisingly on the low end. The bass was succulent and rife with a myriad of flavors including lemon, ginger and miso. The lamb was also succulent and tender as a mother's heart. Cooked to a perfect medium rare, the bordeaux glaze added greatly to a marvelous taste of savory meat. Akira should however, not hide an ever so hot pepperoncini in the vegetables. It simply does not match the otherwise mouth watering experience and it threatens to turn this house of supposed haute cuisine into a taco stand.
The hidden peppers were only one of a few disappointments. The wine list is over priced and under represented, favoring lesser known chateaux and vintages. The amuse bouche was simply awful. It was a masquerade of caviar. Actually it was roe stewed in eggplant; not a good choice. It should be done away with immediately.
At the end of the dinner, we both agreed that the entrees made the event, but we are uncertain that they warrant a second visit.
It was perhaps the best buffet that I've been to in that they that made the decision to include only small amounts of very interesting and exquisitely made food. Instead of a giant tub of things to rifle through on a huge catering chafing dish as I expected, it's all plated nicely in small amounts on the table. As food is taken, it's quickly replaced by freshly made food from the kitchen, so that none of what's there sits very long. Chef and owner Akira himself stood at the carving table to serve you the best cuts of lamb and beef, and he watches what gets taken or moved out of place. I saw him regularly go walk out and fuss over the plating and arranging things neatly back into place. In this way, even though it's a very small amount of space, there is a huge variety of food and each little hors d'oeuvre sized morself is beautifully done. From freshly made nigiri sushi and makizushi, to roast rosemary lamb, there is an attention to detail that made me really surprised at the price range. e.g. You get endless mimosa / champagne for only an additional $3! This has to be the best value in the Pasadena area. My senior aged parents were so surprised and had the best time. (There's a discount for 65+! And children under 3 are free.) What a tremendous achievement!
The service was very attentive; servers came by regularly to exchange plates for fresh ones and of course, to top off that mimosa.
Make sure to come exactly at 11am when the restaurant opens as you'll get the best variety of selection of nigiri sushi that way. Since there's not a lot of space, it is not the same stuff that gets replated - there's a rotating selection that is placed as food is taken.
Went to Maison Akira for my birthday and it was also their 19th Anniversary of being in business, so Chef Akira had prepared a special fixed menu for the evening. The highlight for me was the tender and steak Wagyu that you could cut with a fork. Chef Akira makes the best sauces for all his meat and vegetable dishes. You never know what delicious flavor of mousse or sauce awaits you. The lobster was delicious with it's own special sauce. Another favorite was a soup that was tasty and amazing, not your average wonton soup, but a delight and I plan on calling ahead next time we go there so Chef Akira can prepare for us in advance, which they will do if you have a favorite on the menu. The service is superb with avid attention paid to water and coffee refills. Maison Akira is the place to go for that special day!
Finally got to Maison Akira's Sunday brunch, which did not disappoint: leg of lamb and roast beef cooked to medium rare perfection, excellent fresh sushi and rolls, chawan mushi in just right tiny cups, plus 2 glasses of delicious champagne, coffee, and dozens of wonderful desserts--cheesecake, pecan pie, macaroons, chocolate mousse--tiny tastes, just the right size to be able to taste several different desserts without filling up too much. We drove from Palos Verdes, 1 hour to the restaurant, but this restaurant/cuisine is worth it. The only thing that disappointed, but was caught too late, was that we were charged full price, not the senior rate even though it was clear that all of us were way over 62--how about 20 years over? The server wasn't careful about this, so overcharged us. Still, I would recommend this chef and restaurant, one of my favorites in all of Los Angeles!
Four stars overall. Food was executed well, with one or two mistakes. The lobster bisque flavor was good, but someone forgot to pick over the lobster meet for shells and cartilage. I found both in my soup. Not necessary a showstopper, but certainly did take away from the course. Amuse bouche, first course of shrimp with wasabi caviar, and dessert of apple tart and the flourless cake excellently executed. Main course of flat iron and mushrooms was good. Duck breast was excellently prepared. The regular crème brulee was great, but the green tea one was a bit flat in flavor. Overall, a great dining experience albeit with a few minor errors.
Ambience wise, had an instance where someone was playing with the music type and volume at 6pm. This really should be fixed before the restaurant opens at 5:30 as it does take away from the front of the house. Décor otherwise was five star - clearly some thought was put into it. Service by both the main waiter and his assistant were impeccable.
I had the four-course set. The Chilean sea bass meat is tough. The flavor and plating is still good. Service is not up to par on the day we were there, probably because there was a function/event happening in the other room. I got what I needed and water is filled, but no wait staff to check if the food is okay. I like how the chef deconstructed the bento box to four courses so my dining partner and I can have the same number of courses. Soup, souffle, and scallops are good.
I frequent this establishment many times and would say it is one of the best within the Pasadena area. I brought my friend over for Sunday brunch. Phenomenal service. Excellent quality of food. Best of all, the professional chef/owner, Akira Hirose, is very kind and humble, even engaging with the customers. Overall 5/5, worth it.
We had a Sunday buffet brunch for $39 per person, $42 per person with champagne. Server was attentive and our Juice and mimosa were being refilled quickly as soon as they went out. Every dish was good. The dessert was lovely. The overall experience was worth the price.
Went here for the first time for dine LA and wasn't impressed. Had 'surf and turf' which was steak and shrimp. The shrimp were pathetic. Completely unseasoned, maybe a little larger than a nickel and were served mixed in white rice on the side. The steak (ordered medium rare) was the size of a deck of cards, and equally thin, and mine was overcooked, closer to medium well. It did have good flavor, tho. The soft shell crab appetizer was amazing, however, and the highlight of our night. I might give it another try and see if the regular menu works out better.
The food was excellent, including an ouvre bouche of duck with vegetables. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The salmon was a decent size but there were only three scallops which I thought was a little stingy for the price. Lovely romantic setting makes you feel like you're in France. Absolutely delicious.
From the moment we walked into this amazing Japanese/French fusion restaurant, we were pleased. Our waiter was charming, and when he told us the history of the Chilean sea bass he so highly recommended (the chef invented it for the Emperor of Japan) we knew we had to have it! It is one of the best things I have ever eaten.
Celebrated a 61st Birthday for our twin wives and found the staff to be friendly, the restaurant's ambience to be outdated, had a weak to very small wine list, served no cocktails, service was poor and the appetizers were non-eventful, pay for bread(by the piece) at the table was a knew one on me, escargot was overdone, country pate and foes gras came without a vehicle to use to transfer (did I mention you had to pay for each piece of bread), Chilean Sea Bass was thin, fishy and uneatable, the lamb and duck were good and the dessert(soufflé) was overcooked and eggy. The pleasant surprise came in the form of an ice cream/ fruit dessert with candles lit for the birthday ladies.
In summary...paid $400.00 for four guests(I brought two bottles of my own collection) and came away extremely disappointed and will never to go back again.
Saving grace...the company was great!
We were quite disappointed with this restaurant. The food was no better than average and the service was awful. None of the servers were able to answer the simplest questions about the menu, didn't tell us about specials, and didn't ask if we'd like dessert. Wouldn't recommend it.
We always love the food here and spend a small fortune here every time we come, but the service does not match the value of the food. We were completely ignored, had to ask for water a couple of times, other people who came after us were served really well. At first we thought they must be busy, but it was unusually not so. Hmmm.... We were ignored by the wait staff. Everyone got to enjoy such impeccable service except us. Having to flag down the hostess to get our waiter so we can get our bill is not good. And we did not get our parking validated. I don't feel the same welcome home feeling as we did before. We are definitely not coming back.
Maison Akira is always a treat and a place to take business clients. Went there for Sunday Brunch, quite a spread with an entree bar, a variety of salads and wonderful tasty mini desserts. I had a slice of the leg of lamb which was tender and delicious. The scalloped potatoes was a great side with steamed veggies. I tried all the interesting looking salad options, including a cauliflower cream with baby shrimp, salmon pate, tuna sushi, and the creamiest potato salad I've ever had. It was yummy! Desserts were a mini maple bar, chocolate cake, really good cheesecake and coffee was delightful. Plenty to eat and at a reasonable price of about 40-45 per person for the brunch. Maison Akira will never disappoint! I've gone there again and again and it always makes my day!
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