Craft tonight- what not to get...
We celebrated my boyfriend's birthday at Craft on Friday. Out of everything we ordered, the Barbary Duck & Lavender was the most unexceptional and I would not order it again as I've had much better preparations of it elsewhere.
We also ordered the Pork Belly & Madras Curry as a starter based on all the recs here. It was good but again not exciting to me as it tasted very much like a standard Chinese preparation of pork belly.
The rest of our meal was made up of the Arugula & Black Fig salad, Wagyu skirt steak, Hen of the Woods mushrooms, Potato puree, and Salty Chocolate Tart. These were all simply prepared and great. For the sides, a slight nod to the potatoes which were so creamy to be bordering on potato soup (I shudder to think how much butter and cream into making them so but they were heavenly). The mushrooms were not remarkable but just good in their simple mushroomness. The chocolate tart was one of the better desserts I've had in a long while.
Service was pleasant as everyone tends to work as a team, but we noticed that we had to keep refilling our own wine glasses. We also happened to be seated right near the station where servers are calling in orders to the kitchen which was a bit distracting.
It was nice to see Tom Colicchio come out towards the end of the night and survey the whole floor. Overall damage for two with a bottle of Barolo came out to about $280.
It was a small tart shell, about the size of the bottom of a drinking glass, filled with almost a thick chocolate mousse and sprinkled with sea salt, no olive oil. I really liked it because I generally can't handle more than a few bites of normal chocolate desserts which are really sweet. It was plated with mint puree, strawberries, and a rose sorbet and the combination worked really well. In my opinion definitely up there with the much lauded Pizzeria Mozza butterscotch budino for a sweet/salty combo.
Based on dinner the other night I'll put 3 *** next to the don't miss courses. Everything else was OK , except for the Mushrooms which were dry and the Hamachi which wasn't as good as hoped, same for the lamb which we sent back for a warm up?. Dessert was a semi let down. And the $35- corkage still has me steaming, based on principle.
Hama Hama & Kumamoto Oysters
Big Eye Tuna
Chittara Spaghetti ***
Pork Belly ***
Wagyu Skirt Steak ***
Cavalo Nero Veggie
Donuts, Fig Tart, Choc Tart, Plum Galette, 6 Ice cream tastes
i thought the oysters were exceptional.
i really liked the flavor profile on the hamachi, but it wasn't the best hamachi i've ever had.
thought the lobster was really flat.
really liked the mushrooms and baby brocolli. cavalo nero was good, but a tad salty. it was like cream of black kale.
agree with russkar on the desserts.