Ate with a companion last night at Watercress (my first time; he'd been there 4 years ago when it was Watergate). We arrived (w/o reservation) at around 7:30 and the place was probably half-full so we were seated immediately. Only two servers covering the whole place but there were no services faults. My friend indicated the interior was very much as it was as Watergate except he recalled they had white cloth tablecloths then; the tabletops at Watercress are uncovered.
We both opted for the 3-course deal for $19.95. Definitely felt like a great value. With the prix fixe you are allowed to choose any offerings from the menu for each course (there are about 8 of each to choose from). I chose the grilled tiger prawns with celery, tomatoes, green scallions and brown butter to start, and the duck confit au orange with roasted garlic, baby spinach and mashed potatoes as an entree. For dessert I had the coffee & chocolate ice cream profiteroles. My friend started with Pacific oysters on the halfshell with Dampierre champagne mignonette and the special of the evening, a veal T-bone (huge) with frites and asparagus. For dessert he chose a chocolate cheesecake. All in all a terrific value; a la carte prices were $5.95 for the starters we chose and $13.95 for our main dishes. All dessserts are $3.95 a la carte (again, a great price).
The wine list is rather high; not much below $30/bottle. But with a nice Argentinian red our total bill was less than $90 including tip. We went to Incanto before the holidays and I would MUCH sooner return to Watercress. A very pleasant surprise on a Monday night.
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