Kabakians was on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, where the mall is now.
Upholstered table tops, with linen table cloths on top. Wine glasses
would lean dangerously if you place them too close to the edge.
The maitre de waxed both his mustasche, and his eyebrows, and would
insult his guests most elegantly.
The waiter would personally feed the first bite of each dish to the women
in the party, and scold those who didn't clean their plates.
There were dishes like "Queen Xenobia's Fingers". There was a free,
unannounced dessert of some kind of middle-eastern pumpkin, grown in a
home garden, with ice cream on top.
The 80-year old busboy who would bring coffee, flirt with the women, and
his hands would shake in a terrifying manner as he served this coffee;
you would fear for your lap.
They moved out to Foothill for a while; does anyone know what happened?
Does anyone remember?
Yes, Roger, I used to go there frequently. It was located just east of Los Robles, close to where the present mall is now.
I drove for Yellow Cab in the 70's, and would periodically pick up food from their home on E. California Blvd. and transport it to their restaurant in the trunk of my cab.
Two men would come out of the house carrying the food, and then motion to me to open the trunk of my cab. This whole operation was done without one word ever being spoken. I guess they didn't have to, since it was all prearranged with the cab company....but still kind of weird, I thought.
I remember when they opened up the door to their house, the fantastic aroma of the food that was being prepared inside was the best I've ever smelled in my whole life.
You're right about them feeding you the first bite, but they tried to do it to everyone in our party, men and women both...I would always decline, though.
I accidentally found your post, as I was thinking about the restaurant today after all these years, and doing a Google search to find out what happened to it.
Thanks for bringing back some old memories of this great restaurant.