Eat This: Elements Kitchen

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Elements Kitchen

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Elements Kitchen: If you live in Pasadena -- or, love food and live outside the Crown City -- you likely know Elements Catering, or the Elements Cafe. Now, the chefs behind the catering company have just opened a full restaurant.

Location: In the building that houses the Pasadena Playhouse (so you know it is has been around a few years).

The concept: The thrust of the restaurant is in the name. Each dish is built around a single strong element (or "star ingredient," says the restaurant). Dinner dishes include Game Hen Cassoulet, Oyster Quartet, and Grilled Lobster and Mixed Beet Salad. The PFJ -- Pistachio Butter, Foie Gras Torchon, and Jellied Sauternes -- boasts a number of forthright tastes.

Prices: The Oyster Quarter is $16; the PFJ is $19. The Cardamom Beignets on the dessert menu are $8.

Wine list: It was created by Chris Meeske of Pasadena's Mission Wines. Liking the local neighborliness of the place already.

Playhouse in the headlines: If you're a theater fan, you've been reading of the Pasadena Playhouse's recent struggles. It has been around the better part of a century; here's hoping for its grand return.

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