Craft Beer and Beef: Promoting “third culture dining,” Crafty Cow presents a modern take on fusion cuisine. The concept pays homage to the the flavors experienced by the owners in their childhood years.
Look & Feel: Decked out in wood, CC has that industrial chic feel that’s all the rage—although the relaxed atmosphere and relatively bright lighting means it doesn’t feel pretentious.
Service: The PoHo joint is staffed by a team of young, dedicated waiters and service is as good as you’d expect.
On the Menu: CC specializes in craft brews and steak, although there’s a variety of dishes that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere—think Asian favorites with western-inspired touches and vice versa. Try the duck and foie gras gyoza ($88): every crispy bite of the pan-fried pieces are stuffed with duck confit and foie gras. The ox tongue and kimchi ($128) had an interesting flavor profile with spicy Korean cabbage contrasting the grilled meat.
Jeng: The numbing bone marrow ($98) brings together innovative flavor sensations. Sichuan pepper-infused butter went surprisingly well with the soft, buttery texture of the bone marrow. Snatch it up before it goes—it’s not a huge portion.
Not so Jeng: Duck “poutine” ($98) seemed to try to do too many things at once—plus the cheese didn’t seem to melt properly and the fries were a tad dry.
Great For: Go with a group so you can share all the dishes.
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