Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hatfield's in Hollywood


When my good friend Sam C asked me where we should go to celebrate his birthday, one of the obvious choice was Hatfield's. It is without a doubt one of the very best restaurants in Los Angeles in terms of taste, service, and creativity. In fact, when the Michelin Star guide was around in LA, they've actually received a Michelin Star. A highly prestigious award.

The seasonal prefix menu(Prix Fixe) was what we decided to order from. Which consists of 1 apps from each section, 1 entree, and 1 dessert.

Apps 1:
-Sashimi of Kanpachi
Pinkerton avocado, oro blanco, Fresno Chili, beet salt

-Pan Roasted Diver Scallop
Za'atar crouton, salsify puree, English Pea and Tarragon emulsion

Apps 2:
-Charred Cuttlefish
Roasted Maitake Musrooms, Crispy pork confit, caramelized parsnip, carrot puree

Local cod "En Croute"
-Ginger carrot puree, brown butter soy longbeans

Entrees(sort of):
-Pan Roasted Duck Breast
Roasted sweet potato sticks, sweet and sour cabbage, scallion puree

-Pan roasted Wagyu Flat Iron Steak
Hazelnut romesco, caramelized carrots, sauteed pea tendrils

-Caramel Parfait
Mascarpone mousse, espresso granita, almond praline, chocolate crumble

-Sugar & spice Beignets
Venezuelan chocolate fondue, Earl Grey Milkshake

Each set was only $63 dollars, which isn't bad for a place like this. All the dishes were very elegantly prepared. Made me wished my palate was more refined, so I can taste all the thoughtfulness that went into preparing our dishes. The scallops were fantastic; perfectly cooked  and prepared with sophisticated garnishes. The duck breast was better than the Wagyu steak. The flavors, the sauce, and the texture of the duck just defeats the steak in every way. Although the Wagyu was not bad, I've definitely have had better; presentation was definitely an eye sore compared to the other dishes and was not as tender as I thought it would be. Probably the biggest disappointment of the night.
All the desserts were brilliant. Especially the Earl Grey milkshake. Feels as if you were Eating Earl Grey tea with milk. A sublime way to end the night.

A few tips, valet parking is on the side street and they have a $30 corkage/bottle. Max 5. Our prefix menu dishes were a bit dainty. The regular menu items are more expensive, but they come with a healthy serving of deliciousness. Always go with the prefix when possible(unless you know exactly what you want).

6703 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 935-2977
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