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green tea

Craft (Dine LA)

February 1, 2013

Craft
10100 Constellation Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180

January 24, 2013

It’s Dine LA week and I couldn’t resist going to one of the restaurants that I wanted to try since last semester.  The thing I really liked about Craft was everything was served family-style.  Instead of making us choose which appetizer, entree and dessert we want individually, they served all the appetizers and desserts and let each of us choose one entree.  Everything was served in the middle of the table, which made it easy for my friends and I to share and try all the dishes.

This was our menu for the night:

Appetizers

  • Winter Greens with Citrus & Fennel
  • Octopus & Calamari with Black Garlic & Fresno Peppers
  • Pork Croquette with Rapini Pesto Sauce

Main Courses

  • Petrale Sole
  • White Gulf Shrimp with Saffron Risotto
  • Flatiron Steak with Butterball & Shishito Peppers

Desserts

  • Hazelnut Bombe with Chocolate Olive Oil & Candied Citrus
  • Stout Gingerbread with Huckleberries & Vanilla Creme Fraiche

The experience was a tad bit disappointing.  I heard many, many great things about Craft before dining there.  I blame my disappointment mainly on the Dine LA menu.  The portions we received were just enough for three girls.  It definitely was not “family portions.”  However, I looked at other tables that ordered from the regular menu.  Their dishes looked a lot better.

At the end of the meal, my friends and I looked at each other and shook our heads.  The food did not wow us.  We asked each other if we were spoiled from eating good food too often.

Below is the link to the pictures I took that night.  I apologize for the blurriness of some of the pictures.  Forgot to turn on the macro for some of the pics.  Okay I’m in a rush to end this post and head out to Bazaar now!

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

Maccha House (抹茶館)

January 30, 2013

Maccha House
Shop 325, Plaza Hollywood,
3 Lung Poon Street,
Diamond Hill, Hong Kong
2799-0932

January, 2013

My friend sent me a recommendation for a restaurant that specializes in serving drinks and food made with green tea, hence the name “Maccha House.”  Even though the restaurant serves regular food like udon noodle, I decided to order a few things from their green tea menu.

In general, I thought the things I ordered were pretty common. One of Maccha House’s most famous item is the green tea tiramisu. It did not impress me much because the taste of the green tea is not strong enough. I would have preferred it if the layer of cream was made with green tea instead of just topping the tiramisu with green tea powder.

If you want a better experience, I would recommend ordering the pancake dessert. I’m blanking out on what it is called at the moment but I’ll update this post on the name. If you click on the link below and look at the pictures, it will be the third picture. It’s a traditional Japanese treat* with red bean paste, green tea and vanilla ice cream, mochi, and green tea cream.

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

 

*UPDATE: The name of the snack is dorayaki.