Had a really enjoyable belated birthday dinner with a friend at Waterloo and City in Culver City last night. I had figured a Tuesday night between Christmas and New Year's wouldn't be busy, but I made a reservation anyway and I'm glad I did - the place was hopping. We had:
Pork & truffle terrine served with toasted brioche: I don't see listed on the menu currently listed on the restaurant's website. Very rich (duh), and very tasty.
Roast Beets & Burrata, Panini, Walnuts, Horseradish, Bresaola: I love beets in all forms, and this salad was delicious, particularly the horseradish dressing, but I think it could have done with one less ingredient - burrata + panini (like a small grilled cheese sandwich sitting on top of the salad) + walnuts + bresaola was a bit too much.
Braised Short Rib Pizza, Stilton, Chimichurri: I know others have had issues with Waterloo and City's pizza crust, but either they've improved the crust or I'm just not that picky about pizza crusts, because I really enjoyed this one. The balance between the short rib and stilton was good; the chimichurri is a large dollop in the middle of the pizza that I would recommend applying sparingly at first - the garlic and hot pepper are kind of overpowering.
Brussels & Bacon, Balsamic Vinegar: I also love brussels sprouts in all forms, especially with bacon. These were quite good, but unwieldy to eat. They were largish brussels sprouts, still a bit crunchy (better than overcooked in my book) and served whole, and both my friend and I at different points sent one flying across the table while trying to cut it with a knife and fork. I gave up and ate the last one with my fingers. [Side note - when the server asked how everything was, my friend said it was all delicious, and then mentioned the flying brussels sprouts and suggested that perhaps the restaurant should consider cutting them in halves or quarters before cooking (plus that way they would absorb more flavor from the bacon and balsamic vinegar), the server said something along the lines of "ooookaaaay" and looked at her as if she had suggested serving them gilded with platinum. Other than that, no issues with the service.]
All of the above was too much food for two women with average appetites, and the bill including one cocktail and two glasses of wine was $84 - very reasonable. I'm definitely looking forward to going back.
Waterloo and City
12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066