My husband and I chose Craft LA as the destination restaurant for our 30th anniversary dinner. While our home in Claremont isn't all that far away, we found that it is indeed too far from Craft. We loved the restaurant so much, we wish we lived closer! The staff knew it was our anniversary and everyone went out of their way to wish us continued happiness together. Their wishes seemed genuine; as FlyersFaninLA wrote, Craft is not the least bit pretentious despite its location and connection to a celebrity chef. The staff is only one reason we enjoyed our dinner at Craft. The other is the food. We started with the arugula salad with lemon dressing made with the zest of the fruit for just a hint of citrus. My husband is Italian and a simple salad dressed with garlic, lemon juice, and salt is a family staple. We're going to try reducing the juice and using more of the zest, since it gave the salad such a softly citrus taste. For proteins he had halibut, which he loved, and I had the short ribs. Both were perfectly prepared. We especially enjoyed the assorted mushrooms and the mashed potatoes. We also ordered the gnocchi, which were just okay, and the asparagus, likewise. The baked goods were delicious too. Both the dark and white breads served at the start of the meal were sprinkled with salt on the crust, which enhanced the sweetness of the bread. We took home our desserts of an apricot-almond galette and a rich chocolate tart; in the morning the restaurant's parting gift of blueberry muffins were a sweet reminder of our time at Craft the night before. The portion sizes were quite generous, so we had leftovers to eat as part of lunch the next day as well. Finally, the beverage service at Craft is first-rate. John, the sommelier, made excellent suggestions of Prosecco to start, as a reminder of our trip last summer to the Piemonte region of Italy, and treated us to two glasses of a semi-sparkling dessert wine to finish, which reminded me of one of my favorite Viogniers, that made by Andrew Murray up in Los Olivos, because of the wonderful floral quality--honeysuckle?? The price for our dinner was around $250 for the two of us. It was money well-spent for a special evening out. We're looking forward to a return visit, maybe next month for a birthday celebration.
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