Was it an off day for the kitchen, or was it perfect execution of a cuisine we didn't care for?
We had come to Racion with visions of yummy, flavorful, succulent Spanish tapas in all their variety, and found nothing more interesting than the cheese plate that came first - tiny nibbles of four cheeses at four dollars a pop, plus a few peanuts.
The oft-mentioned salt cod fritters that followed were not worth mentioning, the prawns in the prawns-on-a-rice-cake "bouillaisse" were mushy as if they'd been re-frozen at least once, and our scallops came with a sauce that didn't interest my taste buds at all. Even the sangria was unusual - I think vermouth was listed as the second ingredient, and made its presence known.
Service was good, the room is kind of basic, and at 10 PM Friday they welcomed a walk-in couple without a wait. (The room was fairly full at that hour, something of an accomplishment for sleepy Pasadena.)