Craft restaurant
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Matthew Accarrino, chef de cuisine at Craft, plates a dish with care. Accarrino, 30, has an impressive resume: chef de cuisine at Rick Moonen’s RM and sous chef at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, both in New York. Craft’s executive chef Tom Colicchio — best known to some as the head judge of the Food Network’s “Top Chef” — has brought his gutsy, mature cooking to Century City. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Baby beet salad with Gorgonzola. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Appetizers offer a wealth of choices — raw, cured, marinated, roasted. Several of those are combined in hamachi with Cavaillon melon and crispy ham. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Hawaiian blue prawns with prawn jus and verbena. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Tom Colicchio is known for his love of mushrooms. Here, an assortment. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
The 20-ounce dry-aged New York strip on the bone is superb, and the glaze-like Bordelaise sauce at the bottom of the pan takes it over the top. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Cubes of pork belly with Madras curry and dates are crisp and crackling outside, unctuous and soft inside. Perfect for sharing, they come in the cast-iron casserole they’re cooked in. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
It’s clear Tom Colicchio is a New York chef and not a surfer dude when you taste how much butter he uses in his potato puree. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Pear tarte Tatin with brandy pear syrup and Tasmanian pepper berry creme fraiche. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Everything about the wine service at Craft is intelligent. The list, by sommelier David Lusby, has a good deal of depth and ranges far beyond the usual suspects. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
At the nexus of Los Angeles power brokers, Craft has has all the amenities — sleek cabanas, luxuriously roomy booths far enough away from the next table that only a word or two can possibly be overheard, plus an open layout that lets everybody see and be seen. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Craft sits in a custom-built, free-standing structure steps away from CAA’s glossy new Century City headquarters. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)