Hatfields: Prix Fixe or Regular Menu?
Thinking about Hatfield's for the upcoming anniversary. Neither of us have been. Of course the Croque Madame is on the list of must trys. For first timers, would you suggest ordering off the regular menu or going the prix fixe route?
The Crouque doesn't appear to be on the prix fixe so I'm leaning towards just ordering off the menu. But if the prix fixe is amazing, we'll do it.
If we go the regular menu route, anyone try the octopus? Any other must trys? Desserts? Drinks?
It is hard to get out of Hatfield's under $100 per person, especially if you will be drinking any alcohol. They have a very good wine list yet most good wines start at around $60 or so a bottle.
The croque is sensational. For a light bite, people have stopped at the bar, just to get a croque and a glass of wine, and depart.
Never done the tasting menu, because the items I like best are generally on the regular menu, as in the duck entree.
My wife and I were there a couple of weeks ago for our anniversary. We had the prix fixe menu. Although it's a good deal relative to ordering a la carte for four courses. I would not do it again. The kanpachi was very nice. The scallop and squid were unextraordinary. The cod was outstanding, however.
We both had the duck as our final savory course. While the duck was perfectly cooked, the bed of cabbage it was served on was absurdly rich. I didn't know you could get so much butter into a vegetable without it leaking.
All in all, it was just too much and too rich. Of course, your mileage may vary, but we both agreed we would only do a la carte if we returned. The Croque Madame sounds like it would be a good start.
re: Bob Brooks
Good to know Bob. Neither of us are big on duck, which might turn us away from the prix fixe altogether. The kanpachi and cod do sound good though. I guess it'll really depend on what's being offered that night.
Does the prix fixe change often or is their website menu pretty accurate?
Went last night and we absolutely loved it.
We went with the regular menu over the prix fixe. I'm sure the fixe is good, but the regular items just seemed more substantial (apparently the prix fixe is mostly smaller plates).
Started with a crab salad amuse, with candied orange peel and parsley I think. Really good bite.
Then we ordered the Croque Madame and the Charred Octopus. Both great. Liked the Octopus slightly more, with it's crispy potato and broccolini, but I'd order both again in a second.
For the mains, we had the Short Rib/Beef Rib Duo and the Mint & Date Crusted Lamb. We both LOVED the lamb. The meat was cooked perfectly, the mint and date crust was so tasty, and the potato chive puree was addicting. I think the next time around we'd order the Branzino or something else instead of the ribs though. They were good, very good, but very rich. If you love ribs I'm sure they were great. I like ribs, but I love lamb. Really fantastic lamb.
For dessert we had the Caramel & Peanut Nougat Semifreddo. Delicious and creamy with a side of chocolate ganache and salty nuts. We had a tough time deciding between that and the Beignets so since it was our anniversary, they brought both. Beignets were really good, but the Earl Grey milkshake that accompanied it was OUTSTANDING. Had a couple of cups of coffee too, and even that was great.
We also had a couple round of drinks as well which notched the price up a bit, but we escaped under $200. I haven't done the math, but just estimating I think the prix fixe would've come out to about the same. Oh, and there was even an open meter directly across from valet. Bonus.
From start to finish (even down to the warm rolls they give you) it was a fantastic meal. Service was top notch and we felt as special as the celebs sitting next to us and across from us. This might be the start of a new anniversary tradition.
Didn't try the gimlet but they made a mean Moscow Mule. Apparently there are a few items on the menu that the clientele just won't let them take off and I can see why. The lamb and the Croque are two of them and I think the beignets might be another. Everything else is subject to change according to our waitress.