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Hatfield's: Thank God (long)

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Hatfield's: Thank God (long)

DreinLa | Jun 3, 2006 01:36 AM

Don't know about anyone else in the Fairfax / Grove district, but we've been waiting for some fresh meat, so to speak.

Friday was their opening night and we went despite our better judgment. Thank goodness for the occasional lapse...

It's a very simply decorated restaurant - a small interior rung with tables outside. We stayed inside to get a better view of the action...

To start was a delightful amuse-buche of deviled quail egg with smoked trout accompanied by glasses of watermelon juice, coconut water and a few other waters (sorry, memory lapse). Wow. No really. Not something you could make a meal of but a brilliant way to start an evening. The quail eggs were almost too delicate in terms of volume. Not to be TOTALLY greedy, but I could have sucked down a few more of those delightful trinkets...

Our appetizer was the rabbit and fois gras terrine with dried cherries and greens. Really. I shared this? What was I thinking? Next time this is my appetizer and mine alone. And then I'll have it for my entree as well. The melding of flavors and textures was flawless. The accent of the greens and cherry were spot on. Each flavor complemented each other seamlessly.

Next we got the squab/cabage/spatze/etc. and the hangar steak and short ribs. Yum. Yum yum yum. Although the house recommended the steak medium, which I agreed to, it was definitely medium rare. And perfect. Savory, tender...wow. Seriously now. I felt the weak spot was the short ribs, a bit dry for my liking, but husband did note that they weren't drenched in any sort of sauce to keep moist. Would have again in a heartbeat. The squab was lovely as well. Good flavor - I thought the meat tasted kind of like corn - not overly gamy, just rich.

Oh, my friend, dessert. I had the blueberry meringue and husband had the chocolate peanut butter cake. Which wasn't really cake. It was simply naughty on a plate. We were supposed to share but I just hoovered down anything I could get my fork on. Oops!! Those were 2 of the best desserts we've ever had eating out. Ever.

The flavor of each course was impeccably balanced; nothing overtook any other flavor, allowing everything to really shine. And the perfect amount of food. No struggling over stuffed bellys for dessert. The menu isn’t complicated or overly ambitious – 6 appetizers and 5 mains. Something for everyone except the overly fussy.

The service was something one only dreams of or experiences at the upper echelons of LA dining. Water was always filled, napkins folded after trips to the bathroom, plates cleared once BOTH parties were done (how novel!!), knowledgable staff (thanks Matt!) – especially about the wines. Granted it was $150 for 2 of us but it was about as close to perfect as one could expect, especially from opening night. Having eaten at too many neighborhood trendy eateries at LEAST a month after opening only to be disappointed, we were fully prepared for disaster. Disaster dared not show its face here.

Please please PLEASE support this wonderful restaurant and come experience what real fine dining service is supposed to be like. Gotta keep these kids around!

7458 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, 90036, (323) 935-2977

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