We recently dined at Hatfield's with our daughter and son-in-law to celebrate our anniversaries. The restaurant is definitely special - voted LA's best in 2010- and is very pretty and comfortable to dine in. The staff is professional but the kitchen was very slow the night we were there. The food is extremely creative as is the drinks from the mixologist (whatever happened to bartenders?).
We decided to order a la carte as they do have a limited price fixed menu. Two of had a really delicious Japanese octopus appetizer while the tow others went with salads. Our main courses were baramundi (delicious) for me, quail for two others, and a short rib/rib combo for the 4th. All of us loved our food and really appreciated the "construction/plating" of the dishes. Each was done over a very creative blend of vegetable which truly enhanced the flavors. They did bring out a nice "Happy Anniversary" dessert for us, which capped off a very nice dinner. While the service was good "out front", the kitchen took forever to get our food to us. I appreciate the effort it takes to prepare each dish, but 2 hours and 45 minutes is a bit long for dinner- with 30 minutes or more between every course. We didn't get our appetizers until 1 hour after we were seated. I would definitely return to Hatfield's as the food is exceptional and maybe we caught them on a bad night at the pass.
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