Malbec is one of the best Argentinean steakhouses in Southern California. Iíve visited the Pasadena location many times for dinner and lunch. Thereís a second location in Toluca Lake that I havenít visited.
The last time we visited Malbec, my wife Lily and I were with atLlarrys.com publisher Larry Levine and his wife Jennifer. We were there on a Wednesday evening after Valentineís Day. Thatís not usually a great night in the restaurant business, but Malbec was crowded when the four of us were there.
The steaks at Malbec are wonderful. My favorites are the rib eye and the skirt steak. The restaurant serves a good skewer with a variety of grilled meats and short ribs. The flavors and quality of the meats are a real treat. Grilled vegetables and tasty garlic roasted potatoes round out the meals. For lunch they serve all the same meats, with smaller portions and at reduced prices.
They offer a variety of fresh empanadas. The spinach and duck are my favorite. There also are beef, spinach and cheese, chicken, and ham and cheese with mushroom, basil and cherry tomatoes. The pastry is nice and flakey and the empanadas are large. So, order several and share. Or maybe go for happy hour and have some empanadas with a variety of wines.
As Argentina has a strong and vibrant Italian community, Malbecís menu is filled with delicious pasta dishes. My wife enjoys the Canelones de Pollo. She said it was the best she has ever had. Top off your dinner with a good espresso or one of their delicious desserts. I like the traditional Pastelito de Membrillo, a lightly fried pie with jam.
Parking is tough. On weekends there is a valet. Prices are moderate and service and quality is first class.