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Feb 12, 2007 10:15 AM

WD-50: Recs and a Question

Heading to WD-50 tomorrow night and wanted to see if anyone who'd been there lately could offer some recommendations (would love to try the tasting menu, but it's too pricey for us).

Also, I heard from a friend that the portions are skimpy and you leave hungry. True?

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    1. To me, WD~50 is more of a culinary experience than just one individual thing.

      If you're into food that's fresh, fun, innovative, and usually tasty, then it's for you. (Flavor-wise it can vary, but usually good.) Like most fine-dining/upscale restaurants, portions are not huge. But I would never define them as skimpy. You will be exposed to some new things you've likely never seen before, maybe not. But overall it's a fun experience, great service & servers, not stuffy and stuck-up, good food, different, etc.

      Check their website for price idea. You can still have a great meal without doing the tasting menu. 2-3 courses is more than enough. And make sure one of those courses is dessert as well. Sharing with each other will widen the experience.

      1. I haven't been in the past year, but from what I recall, portions are ample enough. I remember at least three lamb chops in the entree portion, and appetizers that were able to be split among three people, each of us ending up with a Thomas Keller-size portion.

        1. yes i am in the small portions, may be too esoteric camp. i am not afraid of kitchen creativity whatsoever, however I think Wylie can be a little too wrapped up in himslef with regard to funky cooking. That said who am I too challenge such a culinary savant... Seriously, I think although the chef is obviosly talented, but there a million places I would recommend before the full of itself WD-50.

          1. i wasnt stuffed, but i wasn't starving either. the "bread" they give you is basically paper more or less. I started with tounge and deep fried mayo cubes which was not much. They did give me a good amount of pork belly which was fantastic. I had a menthol, sorbet, dessert which was really interesting and good too. It really depends on what you order, but appetizers are quite small. they also gave out a compimentary piece of red snapper with a corn relish/gele of some sort too which was good

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            1. re: Burnzes

              I appreciate all the feedback. My impression was much like those from Jsmitty and Burnzes. First of all, I didn't find portion size a problem at all. What I did find, though, is that while most of the food was quite beautiful and creative, it didn't live up in deliciousness.

              Also, in some instances, instructions for eating might be helpful. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I'm told they do this at El Bulli. In many cases, everything is dotted and splattered on the plate, and it's confusing -- I didn't know if I was supposed to eat them in some order, or all together.

              Also, is there a reason why so many ingredients are in cubes there?

              And one final observation -- does it seem like people who order off the menu get short shrift there? It seemed like those who ordered the tasting menu were rewarded with much more creative food and also better service.. but I'm not sure if this is a case of the grass being greener....

              You wouldn't know it from my post, but we still did have a great time....