Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Tap Room at The Langham Pasadena Launch Party

The restaurant and bar at The Langham in Pasadena have undergone a massive revamp of concept. The Dining Room, last manned by Chef Michael Voltaggio, have reopened as The Royce, headed by Chef David Féau, previously of Patina Group's Cafe Pinot. The bar is now reopened as The Tap Room and is one of the few places in Pasadena offering hand crafted cocktails (the list is expanding, thankfully, with 1886 at The Raymond).

I was able to attend their launch party about a month ago and checked out the swanky spot with its plush couches and a cozy patio overlooking the lush lawn.

The Tap Room's cocktail menu was the work of master mixologist/consultant Ben Browning, who was also responsible for Bar Centro's (at The Bazaar) cocktail list. Ben was on hand during the launch party mixing a delicious cocktail called Uva Bella (muddled grapes, gin, St. Germain, lemon juice) for guests.
Master Mixologist Ben Browning
The beer list at The Tap Room is worth a visit as well, with brews like Unibroue Blanche de Chambly and Chimay Tripel.

Though I did not try out the actual bar food menu at The Tap Room, if the hors d'ouvres served at the launch party are any indication, you can expect some upscale bar bites like these scallops and gougeres filled with foie gras pate.


Oh, and ChowBalla had high praises for the "moon chips" (she proclaims that it's the "best bar snack ever"). I wasn't able to try it this time around but certainly plan to very soon.

The Tap Room at The Langham
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
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