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Lunch at Water Grill-a short review

scottyp | Jun 8, 200507:53 PM

Today I was treated to a lunch at the Water Grill. I have been there two or three times before and it is consistently good, with better than average service.

In lieu of the more "prepared" appetizers I had the Mexican White Shrimp, which were served with a cocktail sauce. The shrimp were sublime. It is hard to describe, but think of the best shrimp you have ever had, remove some of the "fishy" taste (if there was any), and add a sweet taste that, for the lack of anything else comparable, is similar to lobster.

After the article in the times a month ago, I had to try one of the alternatively prepared fish dishes. For those of you that don't know, apparently the chef believes in using a variety of slow cooking methods (most involving steaming or poaching) in order to cook the fish without destroying its delicate structure. I had the halibut with a fennel/artichoke compote and a olive tapenade. The fish was incredible, and was the most moist and flavorful fish I have ever had. Olive tapenade is overdone, but this was executed differently and was more of an emulsion than anything else. The dish as a whole was great.

I also tried the lobster salad which was delicious, and the soft-shell crab appetizer. This was perhaps the weakest dish due to the use of stronger Asian flavors (mango something, maybe curry?) that masked the more delicate taste of the crab. ALthough, the grapefruit under the crab was interesting. Also, once again, the clam chowder was incredible. All in all, it was a good, if not great lunch.

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