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Yet another good report for Watercress

david de berkeley | Jun 30, 200412:02 PM

all i can say is the value at this place is insane!

the owners must be paying attention to chowhound posts--i was on the look out for mismitched naugahyde chairs, but the chairs are uniform (maybe i am not that observant). also, i noticed from melanie's pictures that the plates were mismatched, not anymore.

to the food--agree with alexandra's post below on the goat cheese wontons, nothing to write home about, didn't like the pairing with the quasi salsa cruda of tomato and cucumber. gf really enjoyed her salad of romaine, blue cheese, walnuts, and apple (seemed pretty standard to me).

i had the steak, which was a rib eye instead of the new york listed, but it was wonderful, huge, juicy, with a slightly sweet reduction sauce. pay the extra five dollars and get the steak. gf had the sole crusted in almond, also a gigantic portion, although the fish was a little overdone and not as delicate as it could have been. gf really enjoyed the bok choy that came with it, and i agreed that it was tasty, most likely from the butter it had absorbed from the bottom of the plate.

desserts were a high point, and i don't know how they can be $3.50 a la carte (at that price, you are lucky to get two scoops of ice cream at the local soda fountain). gf had a "st honore" coconut brulee, which was not a st honore, and i didn't get where the brulee came in. instead, it was a coconut creme or custard with fresh fruit and a hard caramel "screen" placed on top. i had the profiteroles, and i agree exactly with alexandra's description.

service was mismatched for the quality of the food--there was one waiter, and one bus boy for the entire room (which is not small). but for $19.95, i was too busy commenting on the value to really care about the miscues.

on a tuesday night at 8 pm, the room was about a third full, so i hope more hounds check it out so watercress sticks around.

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