We had a wonderful time at The Water Grill last night. When I made the reservation a week ago, I mentioned that it was our first anniversary and I think every person on staff was told to make sure they took care of us- it seemed like everyone from the hostess to the bread guy knew and wished us their congratulations. They initially sat us at table #1- an awkward, long booth where one person sits facing the restaurant and the other person is to their right. 80% of the table space is not utilized, and there was about 5 pounds of extra table cloth hanging into my husband's lap. We asked for another table and the staff was very accomodating "whatever you want! wherever you want is fine- some people love this table and others don't care for it at all" and we were promptly seated at a booth for two, facing each other.
The food was all that the hounds made it out to be- I had the crab cake with lemon, cilantro, tartar and tomato which was great but not fabulous- actually a bit on the oily side but the flavors of the fresh herbs and lemon were a nice compliment. Husband had the recommended Mexican shrimp (1/2 lb) with coctail sauce- the shrimp were HUGE and fresh, very rich and creamy in texture and very meaty. Then he had the big eye tuna which was tender but slightly overpowered by the fennel/orange reduction, and I had the King Salmon- medium rare w/ crispy skin- on a bed of swiss chard mixed with cubes of applewood smoked bacon, with little triangels of baked rutabegas all surrounded by a sweet, teriyaki type reduction and a creamy garlic sauce....it was sooooo good. Quite honestly the most beautiful piece of salmon I have ever seen in my life.
After we licked our plates, the waiter brought us a dessert, on the house w/ candle and all....a warm chocolate bread pudding made with brioche instead of bread, topped with a thin, crispy butter wafer and a mound of vanilla bean ice cream rolled in pistashios and garnished with caramel sauce. Absolute heaven. The rich, warm chocolate bread pudding mixed with the cold vanilla and crunchy pistachios were an amazing combo..the wafer actually played a huge role in the overall taste as well. After telling our waiter how delicious everything was, he told us that it was his first wedding anniversary too. We asked if he would have some of our wine and he shared a toast with us. A great end to a fabulous meal.
The total for 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 glasses of champagne, our own bottle of wine and the free dessert was $150.00. It would have been $170.00 but they somehow "forgot" to charge us the $20 corkage and left it off entirely. Not sure if it was a nice gesture, but it was appreciated!