After visiting The Grove last Friday, four of us walked across the Fairfax intersection for an early dinner at Celadon. After shopping and a movie, leaving the crowd behind for dinner was a nice change [as was not having to drive to get there]. Having seen positive reviews here, we were eager to check it out. And, it did not disappoint. We ordered seven items, and it was a perfect amount. The list:
- complimentary amuse: Proscuitto and date wrap with a glass of sparkling wine [nice]
- Tuna tartar 'lollipops', with cripsy rice and sesame seaweed salad [a must-try]
- Grilled ahi pizza, with basil pesto shaved parmesan [yes, we like tuna]
- Scallop and shrimp crispy dumplings [yum]
- Spicy shrimp salad with candied walnuts [almost a dessert salad]
- Grilled octopus, with pinenuts, greens and sauce [also a top vote-getter]
- Roast duck, purple sweet potatoes [the most 'regular' dish, those who liked the sweet potatoes would repeat it just for them]
- Sizzling sukiyaki with udon noodles [good, comforting dish. finishes cooking in a very sizzling bowl on a wood plank at the table; a final flourish, a sensory treat, and slight seared wood smell added to it].
Service was timely, friendly, and informed [we asked what was in most things we got, and both servers and wait staff gave explanations without glassy-eyed mantras]. And it's quiet enough for conversation, another plus. Dishes were well-paced, very tasty, visually delightful and came with enough pieces for all to try, and often with an extra portion for the one who liked it best. A bit of a spicy edge to many items we ordered, often from the accompanying greens [radish sprouts, cilantro, mint].
And then, it happened. The second menu arrived. Heads slowly turned at the table, as if to say, 'i will if you will...' And so, the co-conspirators ordered dessert. Apple crisped gooiness. Raspberry yoghurt sorbet. And cupcakes. Lemon, red velvet, and another, with two additional small fluted glasses of pourable sugariness, should you wish to add some. Now, we've done it, moving beyond full. Next time we'll be smarter, yeah.
Above with two house wine glasses, teas & coffees, $180 [$45 a head plus tip, over two hours of good food and fun. I like several places in the Farmers' Market, but this place is special, and worth the walk.
Thx to eviews we found helpful:
7910 West 3rd Street (near Fairfax)
Los Angeles, CA 90048