I knew that Crossroads Kitchen was supposed to be a high end vegan restaurant, it is in Beverly Hills after all. We had our car valeted and as we turned the corner to get to the front door of the restaurant, we encountered some paparazzi ready to snap our pic, until they realized that we were no one special, then they put down their camera and went back to chatting. The lighting in the restaurant was very dim, I told the hostess a table for two. She asked if we had a reservation. No, I didn’t think we were going to need one. “We are fully committed for the evening,” she tells us, but then informs us that we can sit at the bar, full menu there. That was just fine by us.
We started off with cocktails, both of us were pleased with them, but not absolutely in love.
I ordered the Lentil Flat Bread (gluten free option) that came with 3 different dips: leek pâté, baba ghanosh and roasted root vegetable. Not sure which was better, I really enjoyed all 3 of them as well as the gluten free lentil flat bread.
Next up, the crab cakes. Delish! Loved the toppings together and the horseradish aioli was great (could have had a bit more horseradish for my taste) I just wish there would have been more of the crab cakes, they were so small! I almost ordered something else because I was still hungry. My fiance got the risotto del giorno, it was good, not great and again small.
I am not sure if I had too high of expectations for the place, or if it wasn’t really that great. Their website DOES say they specialize in small plates. That is the truth. Our bill was just shy of $100, 3 drinks total and both of us walked out of there still hungry. We were both looking at each other wondering if we should go find somewhere else to stop & get something to eat on the way home. I think I could deal with that if I felt like I was having some of the best tasting food I’ve had in a long time. It wasn’t that either.
So, basically my response would be, I wouldn’t really try to go back there again, nor would I suggest it to a friend. There are lots of vegan restaurants and vegan options through out Los Angeles and I would recommend them way before Crossroads. There wasn’t anything bad about it, unfortunately for me there just wasn’t anything great either to constitute the price.
8284 MELROSE AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90046