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Craft: Not quite the Top

grimaud | | Aug 28, 2009 11:54 AM

Went to Craft yesterday and was disappointed: Fantastic quality ingredients, flawless cooking technique, but there is a total lack of creativity in flavor combination. The way the menu is designed, a main dish has no side dishes and one is supposed to order those separately. Fair enough, yet the side dishes also lacked in flavor and imagination. The best parts of the meal were the amuse bouche and the dessert. If I ever go again, I will go for the tasting menu.

This is what the four of us had:

Appetizers:
Pig Trotters
Foie Gras Terrine
Arugula and Lemon Confit Salad
Zucchini Agnolotti

The Pig Trotter were good, but quite fatty, no complaints - it's the nature of the dish
The terrine was delicious
The salad was fantastic best thing on the menu
The agnolotti were quite ordinary

Main Courses:
Sweetbreads
Sriped Bass
Duck
Scallops

All the dishes were roasted, had a ton of glistening butter, and tasted very rich. Way too rich actually. A little acidity or brightness would have been appreciated

Sides:
Gnocchi
Garlic Risotto
Trompettes
Cauliflower
Zucchini

The sides also were mainly roasted, with a lot of fat. We could have used some summer brightness.

Desserts:
Buttermilk Waffles with Basil, Roasted Peaches & Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Mission Fig Napoleon, Olive Oil Ice Cream
Boston Crème Doughnuts, Blueberry Compote, Chocolate Malted Milk & Cheesecake Ice Cream
Fresh Fruit Plate

The desserts were the most imaginative part of the meal. Again we should have ordered the tasting menu. The mix and match of mains and sides was not very inspired on our part but I doubt we could have done much better.

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