Crossroads Kitchen is an upscale vegan dining establishment on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles that serves up small plates of decadent food from Chef Tal Ronnen. It has a romantic, sexy atmosphere, with twinkling candles on every table and dim lighting throughout the restaurant. Some people find it a bit pretentious, but I have been wanting to try it for a long time and was finally able to go in October!
I was excited to try out their comforting Italian classics (veganized, of course), like all their pastas, which I had been drooling over on their menu for months! I am Italian, and usually I don't trust any restaurants with pastas, but I was willing to give Crossroads a try. I choose to dine there early on a Sunday night, not only for decent lighting to take photos of food but also since we were going to see Delusion, an immersive horror play (I wrote about that HERE if you are interested!), right after dinner.
My companions and I found metered street parking a block or so from the restaurant. We had made reservations prior, but at that time it wasn't too crowded yet, and we were quickly seated at our booth. I drooled a little more over the menu, and we quickly ordered a flurry of delicious-sounding dishes!
Front: Kit Hill Cheese Plate; Back: Charred Ricotta
Oven Roasted Truffled Potatoes
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Pumpkin Mascarpone Semifreddo
I never pass up dessert, and I got the pumpkin mascarpone semifreddo with spice cream anglaise, pistachio and pomegranate seeds. It was like little blocks of ice cream, and while creamy it was kinda an awkward dessert and not my favorite. I don't think I finished it. Oh well, it's not like they are known for their dessert.
Overall, I really loved the pastas at Crossroads Kitchen - they were so decadent and dreamy! The atmosphere was also pleasant, and our service was stellar. I would go back again, and definitely want to try their brunch someday!
For more information, visit Crossroads Kitchen's website!