After working many days without a break we got the evening off, and were able to make dinner reservations at both Craft and Aureole.
We picked Craft because it sounded more casual. And when we arrived it did seem rather informal: big wooden tables without cloths, paper placemat menus, and a pleasantly low-key atmosphere. The prices were anything but casual, but we didnt hold back and it turned out to be a really memorable meal.
We started with the foie gras and the sweetbreads, both creamy and rich. A halibut entrée was not bad, but what I liked better was the braised veal rib cooked to the melting point, served in a little pot with lots of thick stock.
The service was attentive and helpful; in fact our waiter recommended some items that turned out to be our favorites. One was a potato puree that went nicely with the sauce from the veal. Another was a mixed green salad that rang with truffle flavor and salt maybe my favorite thing in a meal of tasty dishes. The mixed wild mushroom dish was another hit. We were even gifted some cauliflower panne cotta, about a teaspoon each, in little egg cups.
At dessert the brioche pain perdu was a treat - an astonishing feat of bread. Chocolate soufflé good too.
Remember, these dishes are not huge, and the ala carte style menu can get quite expensive dinner for three was around, well, minus the wine, about $400 say.
But I really think we got a first class meal for the money.