The StillRoom gets its name from the so-called area in grand homes of yore where liquors, medicines, oils and the like were distilled, infused and brewed. It is a fitting name for this charming new addition to the Pasadena fine dining scene not only because it serves cocktails bordering on alchemy and foods that honor nature, but because it's a peaceful spot to be still and escape the world outside.
Tucked in the corner of a mini-mall at Glenarm and Marengo, the StillRoom beckons diners with a stylish shingle and surprises those that enter with a warm, romantic ambience. Vintage lamps, furniture and objets d'art create a living room feel. A red leather couch sits smack dab in the middle of bustling tables so that those waiting to be seated feel like their dining experience has already begun, especially with a drink in hand from their impressive wood and marble bar. They offer twists on the classics at the bar. The Stilltini ($14) is a vodka martini with Lillet and Chase Elderflower liqueur added. Kick it up a notch and try it “hot & dirty” style with fresh jalapeños and olive juice. The L.A. Thymes ($14) is a refreshing take on a Manhattan with cucumber, ginger syrup and fresh thyme.