– By Farley Elliott
There’s yet more casual seafood coming to Old Pasadena next week, as chef Mark Peel prepares to open the first standalone outlet of his newer seafood restaurant idea Prawn. The corner location joins Lost at Sea and Fishwives to create a formidable dining trio for the area.
Prawn is essentially a rethought version of Bombo, the steam-cooked seafood stall Peel — who is famous for stints at Spago, Ma Maison, and later the seminal Campanile — brought to Downtown’s Grand Central Market a ways back. That eventually morphed into a place for lobster rolls, fish and chips, and salmon grain bowls galore. Rather than elevating the ocean’s fare, Peel is keen to keep costs low by carefully choosing his seafood sources, operating with small footprints in new locations, and focusing on expansion and streamlining some of the cooking done at each restaurant. The opening menu for Prawn is below.
As for this first standalone excursion outside of Grand Central Market, expect some casual seating and a lot of room to grab and go. There’s nothing on the menu over $19, which is a great fit for the tourist-heavy and workaday neighborhood, and bar seating and some outdoor patio space keep things free and easy. There’s a wide mural on the far wall, lots of brick and wood, and a skylight that lets in the sun. The Imagists help design the 1,500 square foot space.