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Posted by Westside Foodie on 09/26/2008
Having heard nothing but exceptional things about Hatfield's for the last six months, I was SO excited to check it out for myself. My best friend and food lover extraordinaire was visiting from DC, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to book a reservation at Hatfield's. The quick version of the story is that while the service was great, the atmosphere was lovely, and the overall evening was a pleasure (in part due to the fabulous Rhone blend that we brought ourselves), the food was a HUGE disappointment. It was unbelievably, uncomfortably, almost revoltingly too salty. It was so salty that after the first 1/4 of the meal ( we had the 7 course chef's tasting menu), i truly did not want to eat anymore. I felt thirsty and sick. As i told my significant other when i got home, I would have rather eaten the average but dependably decent minestrone soup at our very average and almost lowbrow casual italian restaurant up the street. The desserts ended up being fantastic just-right in their sweetness ( although my taste buds were pretty beat up from the rest of the meal) and very creative! Really a pleasure. Worth going for. I have a hunch that this was just an off night. Nonetheless, i would recommend NOT ordering the Chef's menu and asking the servers what the dependably best dishes are. This is a lovely restaurant with great ideas that doesn't yet have its execution worked out.
Posted by Thomas Crown on 08/05/2006
Hatfield's proves that great things do come in small packages. Just 50 seats makes reservations a must, but the call ahead is totally worth it. Have everyone order something different and share. Wine list is quite different, which forces you to choose wines that you might not be familiar with, but the prices won't make you cry. Hope everyone enjoys as much as we have. Been four times already and are ready to head back again!!