CRAVE

 April 8, 2012

Multiple Locations in Minnesota | www.craveamerica.com

CRAVE was one of the first restaurants that we had tried during our first week living in the Twin Cities last summer. Built on a foundation of modern American cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean influences, CRAVE offers a very familiar fusion-like dining experience that we are accustomed to back in the islands. With multiple locations serving the Twin Cities, it is clear that the vision behind CRAVE has been a successful fit into the local dining scene. I was fortunate to dine at CRAVE again recently, this time for an office sponsored outing.

For this visit I found myself in CRAVE’s Mall of America location on the “patio” seating overlooking the amusement park. Since this was a work function I didn’t want to pester my co-workers by taking too many photos, but here are the shots I did snap:

Assorted Sushi – Spicy Tuna w/ Crispy rice, California roll, and a gluten-free vegetable roll

Samurai Sushi Boat – Chef’s assortment of five sushi rolls and nigiri sushi served in a large boat

CRAVE’s executive sushi chef, Tony Lam, hails from my home of Hawaii. This is probably one of the reasons why the sushi rolls here are the closest thing I can find to sushi reminiscent of home. All the rolls are well made, with fresh ingredients and flavorful sauces. The two rolls I enjoyed the most were the Godzilla and Mexican rolls, both featuring a combination of spicy and sweet.

Grilled Ribeye – Yukon mashed potatoes, tempura onions, bleu cheese, red wine reduction

A simple presentation of ribeye steak from CRAVE was my entree of choice. Cooked to a nice medium rare, I enjoyed the fattiness of this cut of meat. The steak itself was a little under-seasoned, but the bleu cheese and red wine sauce helped carry it through. The Yukon mashed potatoes were particularly flavorful.

Crab Crusted Filet Mignon – Creamy crab gratinee, Yukon mashed potatoes, baby carrots, lobster cream

The entree of one of my co-workers, this other presentation of steak was similarly well cooked to order. The flavor of the lobster cream seemed to add a nice richness to the leaner cut of filet mignon.

Caramel Pot de crème – Dark chocolate apricot cookies

A rich bowl of caramel crème ended my meal. A sweet and salty combination of flavors come together for a satisfying but not overly sweet dessert. The dark chocolate apricot cookies added a bit of crunch to the soft rich crème.

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CRAVE also features a fairly good happy hour menu of various drinks and bites during the week from 3-6pm. The food at CRAVE has always been decent to good and the atmosphere and service has been consistently strong whether I’ve dined with just my wife or with a large group. This combination of good food, service, and atmosphere will be sure to make CRAVE a welcomed addition to our frequent rotation of local eateries.

CRAVE
Mall of America – 3rd Fl Near Macy’s
368 South Avenue
Bloomington, MN 55425
952.854.5000

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