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Food Porn @ The Water Grill

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Food Porn @ The Water Grill

rabo encendido | Feb 28, 2005 11:26 AM

Friday night, and another great meal at The Grill. Forgot how steep prices are here, given the paltry portions. Would be a serious problem if the food weren't so damned good...And Dad wasn't paying.

The story on this visit was the waiter. Handsome,
swarthy, diction tinted with a slight, indecipherable
accent of some far-away variety. Lengthy, energetic
menu descriptions: "the halibut---a firm, flaky filet,
the flavor of the bacon-tarragon reduction slowly
expands in the mouth" "The Mexican White Shrimp are
large, luscious, meaty and delicious." A
seafood "Sideways".

Normally, this sort of exhibitionism is pretentious
and annoying: tell me what's tasty and get on with it.
But this guy is GOOD: graceful, mouth-watering
portrayals, full of pathos, all delivered in that
lilting foreign cadence. The slightest hand gesture
here or there for emphasis. Imagine a hybrid of
Esa-Pekka Salonen and Thi.

(Amazingly, adamant raves are interlaced with the
occasional frank appraisal ("diver scallops are a
little small today, probably not worth the money"))

Everything is great, standouts being the
aforementioned shrimp, the best damned clam chowder
I've ever had (thanks for the taste, Dad), and the
SO's skin-on French sea bass. Dad's a light tipper, so
I slip Esa-Thi a Jackson on the way out. One must pay
up for their food porn.

The Water Grill
(213) 891-0900
544 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Eric

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