Elizabeth Daniels 3/12
There isn't nearly enough Spanish cuisine in Los Angeles. And whether that Kickstarter campaign paid off or not, as of yesterday Racion hit Pasadena helping to fill the void. Chef Teresa Montano, an alum of Tender Greens and Border Grill Truck, partnered with Loretta Peng who counts kitchen time spent at Bouley in NYC and FOH operations at several local Le Pain Quotidien installments under her belt. At Racion they're serving a Basque menu of dishes like chicken and ham croquettes with honey and goat cheese mousse, salt cod fritters, lamb meatballs, some fish preparations, and a duck sausage stuffed with squid. Plates are all priced under $20 except for the Niman Ranch bone-in ribeye which runs $36 and feeds two. Wine is exclusively Spanish and seeks to be the most complete Spanish wine list in the city.
The space itself resembles a simple, cheery bistro. There's a slightly more casual bar area up front and check out that fancy wine rack installation. Hours of operation run Tuesday through Sunday from 6-10PM. See the full menu below.