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lunch at Craft

Rizza | Mar 26, 2008 10:40 AM

I really prefer writing more positive reviews, but I feel compelled to say I was a little underwhelmed. I did have very high expectations.

I went to Craft for lunch with two friends. We were seated, poured water, given menus within 8 min. and asked what we would like to drink. "Can we see the wine list please?" "Oh, of course." We ordered drinks and browsed the menu. It is extensive, and everything sounds really good. Our drinks arrived. I like that they pour you a tast of wine by the glass before pouring you a full glass. I was especially happy with this since my first taste was from a corked bottle. They promptly poured me a taste from a new bottle with a different option as a backup.

We ordered three starters; romaine salad with crispy ancovies, bigeye tuna with horseradish, and mushroom bruschetta. Everything came out together and was divided into three portions except the salad (nice touch). The tuna was the winner. It was served as sashimi and as tartare. It was delicious, but it wasn't until later that I wondered where the horseradish was. I didn't taste it at all. The salad had very good flavors and a surprise soft boiled egg at the bottom of the bowl which we didn't find until our second helpings. But the tempura style anchovies were soooo fishy. Now I know everyone will say -anchovies are supposed to be fishy. I know that. I love anchovies and order them everywhere in many different forms. But these were so overpowering that it was all you could tast when you took a bite. It took away from the overall flavor of the dish. Finally the mushroom bruschetta was very good. It was a BIG piece of bread with melted fontina cheese, great seasoning, and a mound of wild mushrooms sauteed on top. My only complaint was that it was a little large for a starter. And then...they took my plate away before I was done!

Next course, I had a question about a wine by the glass I had never heard of. The only thing the server could tell me about it was that it was from Spain, which she read off the bottle right in front of me. The wine service was now going downhill. We decided we were pretty full and ordered three first courses from the pasta and grains section of the menu. Guinea fowl tortollini, some tube shaped pasta with proscuitto and spinach, and duck confit and leek risotto. The tortollini were a litttle tough and the broth (sauce) was extremely salty. The pasta dish was also extremely salty, even the non-proscuitto bites. The risotto was what I had been hoping for from Craft. It was fresh tasting and exciting. Something I would never be able to recreate at home. I loved it.

We ordered three desserts which were very good. We spent $115 each including tax and tip. And I left thinking maybe I didn't order right. But at $115 for lunch, I would hope there would be no way you could go wrong. As we left and visited the ladies room the stalls were out of t.p. Now I was getting a little nit-picky, but they already had my money. I just wish I would have got a little more for it.

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