What is it that makes one restaurant stand out from the rest?
Food: Where every dish hits the mark. Imaginative, original. Expertly crafted. Executed with finesse. Harmony of color, texture, and taste.
Wine: An interesting wine list that synergizes with the menu. The wine selection accentuates the food. The food selection accentuates the wine. Fairly priced. We adore a sommelier who listens to us describe what we are looking for in a wine, then nails it. “We’re in the mood for a pinot noir that is fruit forward, bright and juicy, complex. We would also love to try something new. In a white. No oak. No grapefruit flavors. Something rich.” (See below for the superb wine picks).
Service: Professional service that is polished, warm and engaging without being overly chummy. Anticipatory with flawless timing. Ultimately knowledgeable.
Hospitality: Gracious hosts. When learning of our crazed appreciation for food (maybe the camera gives it away?) we were invited for a peek behind the glass-walled kitchen at the end of the night.
Ambiance: An intersection of architecture, decor, tableware, lighting, and music. A room where we as guests feel comfortable, glamorous, appreciated.
We found a stand-out restaurant recently, in Hatfield’s.
What makes a restaurant stand out for you?
Hatfield’s. Taste with the eyes.
Beginning with the complimentary rosemary-garlic-shallot-oil popcorn served at the bar which we nibbled with Champagne, followed by the Chef’s amuse bouche when were were settled in at our table, we knew we were in for a special evening.
yellowtail sashimi, prosciutto, sunny side up quail egg, grilled brioche
Bobo Farms Foie Gras
apple-rosemary “butter”, caramelized cippolini, molasses toast
vermentino and pinot noir
Antoine Arena Patrimonio “Haut de Carco” Blanc 2009
100% Vermentino. Fresh, bright fruit flower aromas. Smooth, creamy and rich texture, with concentrated round flavors of peach, apple, and apricot. Spicy notes on the finish. An esoteric white wine from the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
brown butter spaghetti squash, broccolini-maitake sauté, muddled citrus vinaigrette
Charred Octopus Salad
confit potatoes, marinated fennel, arugula, green olive tapenade
lola rosa, endive, avocado, pee wee potatoes, persian cucumber, roasted almonds
2009 Hirsch Vineyards “San Andreas Fault” Pinot Noir
Enticing fruit and floral aromas of cherries, raspberries, lavender, orange blossom, anise. Bright, juicy, and briary red berry flavors. The San Andreas Fault runs less than a mile from the vineyard. A beautiful complex California pinot.
Hanger Steak and Red Wine Braised Short Rib
caramelized fennel, yukon gold potatoes, smoked hon shimeji mushroom
Date and Mint Crusted Lamb
roasted heirloom root vegetables, fresh english peas, potato chive puree
Pan Roasted Striped Bass
corn and chanterelle mushrooms, oven-dried tomato tartare, sherry beurre fondue
Sophisticated, modern, and comfortable.
Peanut Butter-Caramel Ganache Tart
cocoa crumble, salted caramel ice cream
Sugar & Spice Beignets
venezuelan chocolate fondue, root beer milkshake shot
Chocolate Malted Bavarian
devil’s food cake, pine nut caramel corn, bitter chocolate sorbet
Pick up window at the end of the night.
Quinn Hatfield – Chef/Owner
Karen Hatfield – Pastry Chef/Owner
Brian Best – Chef de Cuisine
Reset and ready for tomorrow. Perhaps for you?
Last to leave.
6703 Melrose Ave.
13 thoughts on “Hatfield’s. Los Angeles.”
What a GREAT restaurant review – and the food looks absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!
Lori Lynn, this is a superb post! Your commentary and photography brought me tableside as though I were a guest. You didn’t miss a single thing in covering this dining experience and it seems the Hatfield’s staff is on their game too. I’m missing LA, but I’ll have a new spot to try next time I’m in SoCal. Thank you for sharing this and happy holidays!
Wow, this was a great review and I really felt like I was in the middle of it. I’m putting Hatfield’s on my list and it’s not too far from me..score!!
Thanks and take care…
Simply amazing food and love the way the food are all presented. The desserts are really tempting for me.
You did an amazing review on Hatfield’s. Who would not want to go? What a meal from the moment you set foot into this jewel. Thank you for sharing. Have never been in LA, but if that should ever change, I know where we are going for dinner!!
Hirsch Vineyards? Anyone we know?? Love your blog Lori, keep it up. Hope the New Year brings you only the best.
Gorgeous pictures as always!!!!
Yup…it hits all the marks! It definitely would be on my list of faves if I lived on your coast. I especially liked those brunch-y like egg items.
looks like a perfect evening out. cheers and happy holidays!
A rootbeer-milk chocolate shot? Yes! Every detail in the dishes meticulously thought out. LL, do not post reviews of restaurants I cannot get to! I spend days… nay weeks obsessing! This is one mighty fine review. I am surprised a magazine hasn’t scarfed you up to do reviews for them! Wishing you a Happy Hanukkah – may you have eight days of light and joy.
Wow – that looks positively to die for!
This looks very yummy… I love your blog! 🙂
amazing! i definitely want to go. drooling…