Last month Tal Ronnan opened a new plant-based restaurant on Melrose in Los Angeles called Crossroads. The vegan community here has been all a-buzz about this place and for good reason! The husband and I and two of our friends went there for a dinner a couple weeks ago and it did not disappoint. Vegan fine dining – AWESOME! Since the menu consists of small plates, we pretty much ordered one of everything plus the daily specials. It was a great way to try everything out. Here are all the pics and my thoughts on each dish:
I started with a cocktail: Melrose Mule – vodka, ginger beer, lime, cucumber, mint & banana pepper – YUM!!!
First starter: lentil flatbread w/ leek pate, smoked white bean hummus, & tomato braised banana peppers. The white bean was my favorite, so smokey and delicious. The tomato was also very good. The leek I wasn’t impressed with.
Second starter: Flatbread w/ Pistachio kalamata tapenade & spicy roasted cauliflower. Really, really good. Salty, nutty and cooked to perfection.
Third starter: Kale Caesar Salad (special menu item) – I have to say one of THE best salads I have ever had. Crispy kale, creamy dressing and amazing saltiness from capers.
Spiced Chickpeas: I could have eaten an entire bowl of these. I love me some spice and these had just the right amount.
Red Quinoa: not my favorite. It wasn’t bad, just nothing incredibly special about it.
Cassoulet: Another one that was ok. The lentils were not very flavorful, but the veggies on top were really good!
Artichoke Oysters: I’m still thinking about these, I may just order 5 plates of this dish next time I go. So much flavor and very inventive!
“Crab Cakes”: Another dish I would order over & over again. With dishes like this, no one needs to eat real seafood.
Kale Spanakopita: YUM, YUM, YUM!
Risotto Stuffed Banana Pepper: So…um. This one looks incredibly, um, manly. Beyond that, it was my least favorite dish, the risotto was undercooked and the pepper was WAY too spicy.
Gardein Chicken (special menu item): This was actually really really good even though there wasn’t anything super special about it.
Tortelloni: another amazing dish. The almond cheese was to die for.
ON TO DESSERT!!
Chocolate Bundt Cake: it had me at chocolate. Holy crap this was good.
Cappuccino Ice Cream w/ Florentine Cookie: also amazing.
Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta: pretty damn good, though it would not be my normal dessert choice.
Cookies & almond milk!!
Overall, an amazing dining experience. SO much good food, the service was attentive and friendly and the atmosphere is chic and upscale. I can’t wait to go back!