Well, my SO and me went to the Water Grill for the first time since the new chef started and I am not sure how I feel about the new changes.
First we started with the Pear and goat salad and the Caviar dish. The salad was good, but a little bitter. The caviar was really tasty with a delicious brioche covered with apple butter and caviar.(I could have done without the pickled veggies on the side.)
Next we had the Halibut and the John Dory. The Halibut was flavourless and overpowered by the olive sauce (apparently steaming it for 15 minutes is a big deal). The Dory was also slow cooked (I think this is why the food timing was off) with horseradish, beets and caviar. It just seemed overly complicated to me and not really fabulous like I expected, especially for 40 dollars.
The prices in the menu seem too have really skyrocketed, the new chef must have cost a bundle.
Some nice wines by the glass on the menu which we decided to enjoy. I asked for a lynch bages and SO ordered the Talbott Chardonnay. It took forever for the Boredeux to arrive, and when it did a nice woman poured it tableside. Nice touch, but when I mentioned that the wine had been open too long, I was given a song and dance about how this gives people a chance to order nice wine by the glass, and I watched her put the wine back in the wine case with a cork. For 41 dollars a glass I would rather have a wine that had not been sitting out for days. Either open it for me or keep it in a case like AOC does.
Dessert was great, we had the cheesecake and the cheese plate. Both were outstanding and they were paired up by the waiter with a great icewine and tawney port.
All in all I think I will wait a while before I go back. The portions have gotten smaller, the prices higher, and the food too complicated for my simple palate. I'll probably stick to appetizers next time before the symphony or stop at Angelini's instead.