Last year I had the pleasure of joining a friend to attend a press dinner for one of Old Town Pasadena’s newest establishments, Bone Kettle. It was on this same night, with a window seat, when that same friend and I contemplated what it meant to be loved. Throughout the night, we enjoyed small plates from a menu inspired by bold Southeast Asian flavors executed with techniques and thoughtfully sourced ingredients.

As its name suggests, Bone Kettle is known for its bone broth created through time-honored cooking techniques using fresh, supple ingredients that take me back to my very own childhood and upbringing. I am Cambodian, after all. If you are familiar with Southeast Asian cuisine, there is much to enjoy from Bone Kettle’s menu offerings, but note that it would be a disservice to leave the restaurant without try the bone broth. I can still recall the taste of it from that night and how well I was able to identify each ingredient used through tongue alone.

Bone broth is believed to be a super food with qualities to heal, provide energy, build better bones, enhance beauty features and strengthen immunity. My parents love resorting to this particular type of broth as a go-to meal during sickness. In fact, I believe my parents cook bone broth at least once a month! As an adult, I also always recommend it after a good drinking session as it helps one soak up from a drunken stupor.

PLACES: Bone Kettle, Pasadena, CA

PLACES: Bone Kettle, Pasadena, CA

The space itself is designed perfectly to my own taste: marble countertops at the bar, intimate window seats, perfectly roomy private tables, and, best of all, a modern Java wooden villa inspired dining room decked by an incredibly provocative mural created by Cleon Peterson. I would continually invite friends, family and lovers to Bone Kettle purely based on the dining room and the mural alone! There are so many conversations to be had from a glimpse of the mural itself.

Scroll through for more photos from Bone Kettle’s press dinner featuring its delectable east meets west cuisine.

PLACES: Bone Kettle, Pasadena, CA

PLACES: Bone Kettle, Pasadena, CA

PLACES: Bone Kettle, Pasadena, CAPhoto: Bone Kettle

PLACES: Bone Kettle, Pasadena, CAPhoto: Bone Kettle

Photos: Bone Kettle

Photo: Bone Kettle

Photos: All photos taken by Rosie Chuong except where noted.