December 21, 2009
Craft, Century City
The bread arrived in a wooden box, the first time I have seen bread served this way. I thought it was very creative and a wonderful way to serve bread. The bread was good, but to write home about. The butter was rich and creamy, a wonderful compliment to the bread.
The mojito had the perfect balance of mint flavor and just the right amount of sugar. According to my friend, it is "exactly how a Mojito should taste."
Albacore Amuse Bouche
The amuse bouche was served in a chilled metal spoons with a piece of albacore and vegetables on the side. My piece had way too much salt on it and I could barely taste the albacore or anything else on the spoon. According to everyone else at the table, their amuse bouche was very good. However, it was a disappointing start for me.
Wild Arugula & Parmesan
The arugula salad arrived topped with two slices of lemon and Parmesan cheese. The flavor of the arugula definitely stood out and well complimented by the Parmesan cheese and light citrus dressing. I did find the salad a bit too salty.
Wild Mache & Cherries
The Mache salad was my favorite of the two salads. Topped with fresh cherries and hazelnuts in a sugar coating, the salad had a nice balance of flavors. This is the first time I enjoyed mache and it was a nice introduction.
Kumamoto Oyster (CA)
These oysters were extremely fresh and had a wonderfully smooth consistency. I left the cocktail sauce and lemon wedges untouched.
Japanese Wagyu New York Strip
The wagyu was ordered medium, although I think it is best enjoyed rare. None the less, the meat was extremely rich and fatty and melted right in my mouth. Very well cooked and seasoned.
Diver Sea Scallops & Brown Butter
The scallops were cooked to perfection. The fresh and sweet flavor of the scallops were wonderfully complimented by the brown butter sauce, capers and lemon wedges. These were some of the best scallops I have ever tasted.
Australian Suzuki & Heart of Palm
The Australian Suzuki was a touch over cooked but still very good. The crust on the fish was perfect and the crunch gave the dish a nice textural balance.
Onaga & Baby Artichoke
The Onaka was light and fluffy. A very nice citrus sauce on the crusted side of the fish.
The flowering squash was well seasoned and perfectly cooked, but very ordinary.
The gnocchi was light and airy, perfectly cooked and seasoned with Parmesan cheese. These melt in your mouth gnocchi were some of the best I have tasted.
The complimentary dessert was a vanilla yogurt with huckleberry. The yogurt was very tangy and had a very thick consistency.
Vanilla Crème Anglaise & Earl Grey Ice Cream
All the elements worked very well together in this dessert. My favorite part was the ice cream, which could use a bit more earl grey flavor.
Lemon Thyme, Vanilla Custard, Huckleberry Jam & Chocolate Pudding
The donuts were very boring and dense. Not the airy and fluffy donuts I was expecting.
Peanut Butter Cup
Peanut Brittle, Caramel Gelée & Caramel Ice Cream
This was my favorite dessert of the evening. The crunch of the peanut brittle mixed with the creamy ice cream and peanut butter cup topped with sea salt made for several perfect bites. I will definitely order this dessert again.
Overall, the food at Craft was inconsistent. Some dishes were spot on and others left a bad taste in my mouth. The coffee at Craft was either ground too fine or roasted too long. For a fine dining establishment such as Craft, they should take a look at every detail of the restaurant and make sure everything is spot on. There is no room for over salting and over cooking food based on the prices. I would come back for the scallops and peanut butter cup.
2.5 out of 5 stars
10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067