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Water Grill Report (Long)

Dave and Stuff | Jul 1, 2006 02:54 AM

Went last night with the GF.

Was worried about parking downtown, but Water Grill has an adjacent lot for only $4 with validation...heck yeah! The best money I've spent this month!

Started with house cocktails: Both off the list...one kind of a variation on a margarita and the other with dark rum and lime. Both were...OUCH...$15! Both tasty, but $15 cocktails to start makes me start to itch a bit.

Had oysters: One dozen mixed for $32. The oysters were fantastic, but I never know how much credit to give a place for oysters...aren't they the same Quilcene (or Kumomoto, or whatever) that I can get at AOC or Lucques? Yes, they were fresh. Yes, they were almost $3 a piece.

Starters: Crab cake ($18): Very good. Can't complain about the cost for the size, because I felt like this dish was the high point of the meal. Lots of crab (though a cake about 2 1/2" diameter) and a great aioli. Loved it.

Clam Chowder ($14): Ordered this only because of the Chowhound recommendations. Absolutely a disappointment. Watery. Tasted like cream and clam stock...no grace about this at all. Would not order this again.

Main Courses: Butter Poached Lobster with oxtail ravioli ($46): Absolutely a disappointment. 6 bites of lobster (which GF didn't even finish because of the rubbery texture), and ravioli undercooked to the point of pastiness. The low point of the meal, not just in flavor, but in taste-to-value ratio as well. I'm a firm believer in this: The most ezxpensive item on your menu had better be good! This one wasn't.

Striped Bass ($36): Fish perfectly prepared. Skin crisp. Would that every restaurant could prepare fish this perfectly. That said, the fish was placed on a mound of mashed potatoes, and served with a relish of capers and peppers. Again, no real exciting flavor that made me thrilled to be there. Very good, but in no way trancendant.

Desserts ($9-14): Another high point...the desserts were perfectly executed. Passion Fruit Granite with tapioca and crisp pastry was tart, sweet, crunchy and chewy in all the best ways. The Devil's food cake was moist warm and that perfect balance of chacolate and sweetness without going overboard either way.

Service (Tom) was excellent. Host stand very friendly.

Dinner & 4 cocktails: $235. $50 gratuity. Total $285. Had a nice time, but in no hurry to go back.

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