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PD Girl Feb 18, 2009 09:11 PM

My husband and I are going to Craft for dinner on Saturday and I am interested in knowing what is good these days. Sadly it does not look like they have the jerusalem artichokes anymore. I would love some suggestions.

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    Jack Flash RE: PD Girl Feb 18, 2009 10:16 PM

    Umm...how about everything? Seriously, I have had two meals at Craft, one lunch and one dinner, and have been 100% satisfied both times. Also dined at Craftsteak in La$ Vega$ over the weekend, and that too was amazing. I really think you can't go wrong with anything you order. The menu changes often enough that it's hard to recommend anything in particular, but if they have anything with pork belly, get that. If you like beef, they often have a very good dry aged steak (possibly for two), and it's a great slab of cow. Looking at the current online dinner menu, the spinach salad was excellent. Best bacon I've ever had. Japanese hamachi & grapefruit is light, refreshing and really delightful.

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      RicRios RE: Jack Flash Feb 19, 2009 10:26 AM

      "Umm...how about everything?"

      Second that.

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        yogachik RE: RicRios Feb 19, 2009 10:27 AM

        Third. I like everything - especially all the sides dishes!

    2. omotosando RE: PD Girl Feb 19, 2009 02:16 AM

      All of the pastas I have had have been amazing, which may be somewhat surprising since (1) it is not an Italian restaurant; and (2) some people think of it as a steak restaurant. The salads are usually great, although I do remember one or two that were just okay (unfortunately, don't remember what they were).

      No matter what anyone says, the mushrooms don't make me go "wow." I am very fond of the Shishito Peppers, if you are a shishito pepper kind of person. Potato dishes are good.

      Most of the desserts are great and I love the cheese plate. You pick out three cheese for $12/six for $24. I assumed you just got three or six hunks of cheese, but you actually get this beautiful plate with fruit, nuts and toast like things in addition to the cheese. It's really lovely and I would definitely order again, although I'm not usually a cheese for dessert kind of person.

      Enjoy Craft - I always leave happy and feeling it was money well worth spent, which is more than I can say for a lot of upscale restaurants.

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        Jack Flash RE: omotosando Feb 19, 2009 09:31 AM

        Totally agree on the money well spent. It ain't cheap (especially if you order wine; good luck finding a bottle with only 2 digits in the price), but you get incredible value for your money. I've had lots of eminently forgettable meals that have cost only slightly less.

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          omotosando RE: Jack Flash Feb 19, 2009 01:50 PM

          Craft used to have a $40 Salomon Hochterrassen 2006 Kremstal Gruner Veltliner on the wine list, which was a great value. I just checked the wine list and while they used to have lots of Gruners, they are now down to one Gruner, which is $50. Not familiar with that particular one, but Gruners are usually a great value if you like whites. I had a knock your socks off Gruner recently at the London and it was about $50.

      2. tablefor1 RE: PD Girl Feb 19, 2009 10:07 AM

        It's hard to find something that's not good on this menu.

        Quail with blueberries, Rabbit, Pork (served 8 ways), Lobster fettuccine, Kale, apple crisp, chocolate souffle...

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          tissue RE: PD Girl Feb 19, 2009 03:34 PM

          Gnocchi.

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            marilees RE: PD Girl Feb 19, 2009 03:36 PM

            I'm sorry to report that I was pretty disappointed in the scallops, shrimp, and risotto. Ice cream/sorbet selection is good for dessert. Sadly, my favorites were the amuse bouche and the liver spread that comes with the bread..

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              compucook RE: marilees Feb 19, 2009 10:33 PM

              I don't think I ate at the same restaurant as many of you! I was there for lunch in November and was disappointed. The lamb shank was very good, but that was my second entree. Their cavetelli pasta was leaden and all I could do was ask for some salt, it was so underseasoned! I NEVER ask for salt! They graciously took it back and after some discussion with me, recommended the lamb shank. It was quite tasty, but I was less thrilled with the frisee salad (why is that stuff popular?) and I thought the sorbets and the gelatos paled in comparison to Mozza's.
              Nice, people, good decor, but overpriced and not stellar in my book.

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                manku RE: compucook Feb 20, 2009 08:11 AM

                I've been three times now...all for dinner, once with a VIP.

                VIP experience was great...even the food tasted better than other times...of course, it helps when they are sending out comp dishes galore, bottles of wine! and you have the best table/servers in the house.

                Other two times were mixed...like the space. Food was never delicious, and a few dishes were inedible as they were undercooked (rare pork?!? - no not medium, black and blue!). I contacted management by email. Never heard back.

                FWIW, after experiencing this restaurant with and without the VIP (he's a very well known food/wine writer), I will NEVER trust a professional review again. The difference is so striking that you may as well be describing different restaurants.

                I'm glad it only took me 40 years to learn this :^)

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                  RicRios RE: manku Feb 20, 2009 08:20 AM

                  Not sure re. the VIP SHMIP thing.
                  For all I care, all I know is a regular schmuck like yours truly has always left the joint happier than a dog with two tails.

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                    bubbles4me RE: RicRios Feb 20, 2009 06:51 PM

                    I'm with you RicRios, had one of the top 5 meals of my life there in December, (and I have had many a 2 and 3 star meal in Europe). It was perfect, seasoned perfectly, cooked perfectly...we were all floored. Each dish was stunning and we ordered a LOT.

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              running pig RE: PD Girl Feb 20, 2009 09:59 AM

              I don't know if you are dessert people, but my girlfriend and I both loved the peanut butter cup dessert. Wow.

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                chestercopperpot RE: PD Girl Feb 20, 2009 11:24 AM

                My girlfriend and I did the tasting menu with wine pairings a few weeks ago. Everything was great. The wine pairings were also spot on. Particularly memorable was the lobster pot pie. Second the peanut butter cup dessert.

                1. kellydeez RE: PD Girl Feb 20, 2009 03:09 PM

                  Ok, yes, you definitely HAVE TO order the peanut butter dessert. The donuts paled in comparison. Also the pork belly is amazing, as well as the eggs dishes. I believe there is one with asparagus and truffle oil...? I hear the jerusalem artichokes are great, they weren't on the menu when we went. We had the giant aged steak, they serve it with the marrow and it was quite wonderful. We enjoyed our experience and had amazing service... Enjoy!

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                    omotosando RE: kellydeez Feb 20, 2009 07:38 PM

                    Much as I love Craft desserts, I am a dissenter on the peanut butter dessert. The waiter insisted we order it, but I really didn't like it (the waiter quite graciously took it off the tab). Your reaction may vary depending on how much you love peanut butter. The donuts I thought, however, were like crack. My favorite dessert was this pound cake concoction that seems to have disappeared from the menu.

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