Aug 20, 2016

Crudo by Pascal Lorange

For hub's early birthday luncheon, I took him to Crudo by Pascal Lorange. Crudo in Italian means raw. Mr. Lorange was the executive chef and the force behind Fig & Olive, another favorite of mine. We been waiting for weeks for the restaurant to open and it did not disappoint us. The staff was really helpful. We arrived early thinking the restaurant opened at 11 AM. While waiting, we were given menu first and in the end the manager had us seated at 11:20 AM because he didn't want to us wait outside anymore.
Lunch at Crudo
The interior of the restaurant reminds me of Fig & Olive. It was hard trying to manage tot and take pictures at the same time. The space is painted in a warm white with medium color wood floor with lots of white linens and orchids, very transquil and peaceful. Of course tot spilled water on the white linen the moment we give him the glass. I was so glad we were so early for lunch.
After ordering, our server brought us this dipping sauce. It is balsamic vinegar and soy sauce on one side and chili and lemon on the other side. I mixed everything together and it was divine. I am looking forward to trying this at home.
Salmon Crudo
Instead of ordering main entree, we ordered 4 appetizer dishes to share which worked out great. We got salmon crudo, tuna carpaccio, duck breast and fois gras roll and lobster carpaccio. I like all the raw dishes, I am still on the fence about the roll.
Tuna Carpaccio
Besides citrus flavor, there is a hint of truffle oil in the mix. I love it!!!
Lobster Carpaccio
Kids Menu: Chicken Waffle with Fries $12
The restaurant is quite kid friendly with a great menu for little ones. In the end tot didn't care for the chicken waffle, although I thought it was quite yummy. I should have order chicken or fish nuggets or pizza. Sigh.... Kids menu is $12 but keeping tot occupied with dessert is just priceless.

Cookie Decor
I ordered ice cream which came with cookie that he decorated himself. He was so excited to eat all the colorful sprinkles and M&M. Sigh... Mommy had to step in and help. I usually don't let him eat these types of sweets so he gets rather excited. Regardless it was a great experience and thoughtful of the restaurant. For those with older kids, this will definiltely be a fun dessert. Heck, I would have fun!
Tot was too full to eat his lunch after a handful of fries but not his dessert. All in all, we all enjoyed lunch immensely. I would definitely go back for another early lunch or early dinner seated in the patio area so we don't disturb other diners. Although the restaurant is totally children friendly but tot at age 2 maybe not be quite suitable for dinner there yet. For dinner there, I would definitely have our sitter look after tot so hub and I can enjoy a nice long dinner together. Looking forward to our next meal there. I am so glad hub and I have the same hobby: Eating!

~xoxo Angela

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