So, we went and got the tasting menu. I have to say, I didn't like it very much. I've had some great meals at WD-50 and this was not one of them. And, given the price, it was a real disappointment.
The tasting menu consisted of
Barramundi - this was fine, good, not fantastic.
Pizza pebbles - I thought this was horrible - very dry, no flavor. I couldn't finish mine, and it was a very small portion.
Knot Foie - again, not very good -very, very dry. a real disappointment.
hamachi tartare - by far the best thing of the night, but, not very interesting - just very, very tasty.
eggs benedict - i enjoyed this. though, really, it just tasted like eggs benedict (though it looked very different, admittedly).
crab tail, soybean noodles -- the biggest disappointment of the night. flavorless fresh alaskan crab - how is that possible? this dish proves it is. i had high expectations and it was almost inedible.
chicken liver spatzle - again, very dry, strong flavor (chicken liver) but a very light version of it, which I enjoyed and found interesting. but, still, not very tasty and very, very dry dish.
beef tongue - fine, but really nothing special.
the wine pairings were wonderful, and i agree that the desserts are sublime. the tasting menu, however, had only one hit (hamachi tartare) and an endless number of misses. i would not recommend getting it in its current form at all. take the recommendations of others and order ala carte.
I went in December, and did the tasting menu. I would highly recommend going this route. We got to have to excellent - eggs benedict, lamb belly, pickled hamachi - while still having a few of the interesting mixed in. Dessert was excellent, I'm shocked to hear displeasure about it. Enjoy!
I am going to WD-50 tomorrow night, myself, and would love recommendations on the current menu too. Also, debating whether to do the tasting menu right now, or do ala carte? Any thoughts?
I have loved the recommendations I've gotten on WD-50 items from chowhounders in the past, and would love some new ones.
The food overall was not that great. The bone marrow was horrible. They turned it into some sort of "custard" but it was grainy like they had mixed it with potato or something. All of the sexy texture and flavor of bone marrow was completely gone. Very sad.
Had the lamb loin, it was decent but my eyes didn't roll back in my head or anything.
The corn pudding for dessert was SOOOOOOOOO good. Very comforting even though it has modern twists. I would go back for dessert in the future but the savory food was not impressive.