We had not been here for a while due to Pasadena congestion, but since we had another errand to do in Pasadena, we went again. I had expected to give it a 5 rating, based on previous visits, but the service led me to drop to a 4. The $2 corkage is a great deal, and one of the best reasons for wine lovers to go here. As usual, the food was very good to excellent. My wife had the Thursday special, salmon on a plank, and she liked it. This salmon was white rather than pink, which is unusual, but not a fault. I had the steak au poivre, which was sliced with a nice sauce and done per order. We had wanted to start with shared crab cakes, but alas they bread them. I have gotten fussy about crab cakes and only order them if they are Maryland style - unbreaded. We got the beet and cucumber salad with deep fried goat cheese instead. OK, but not enough beets.
As to the service, it was not hostile or unfriendly, just impersonal. Not much eye contact or talk about the food, and just enough conversation to take our order. Perhaps he was offended by my rejection of the crab cakes.
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