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Water Grill- what to order?

jmsep Aug 18, 2010 10:28 PM

Going to Water Grill for the first time on Saturday for our anniversary. What should we order? I know, seafood! But any particular dishes that are good right now? Thanks

Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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    degustateur Aug 18, 2010 10:46 PM

    The Chef’s Tasting Menu is virtually synonymous with the Water Grill. Go for it with as many courses as you can accommodate. The minimum five course selection is about $90 per person, food only. At WG, the tasting menu is not an after thought; it is a premise, well thought out to showcase the chef’s abilities and offerings.

    The 2008 Michelin Star establishment, under Executive Chef David LeFevre, is arguably LA’s finest seafood restaurant. David is at the top of his game and consistently seeks to wow his guests and tantalize their taste buds with his innovative, yet very fundamental approach to food preparation and presentation. Food and service are exceptional, as would be expected.

    I truly enjoy WG's art deco ambience and suggest that you seek to reserve Booth #1 to maximize your anniversary dining experience. It affords seclusion yet affords a great view of the expansive kitchen and its impressive working dynamics.

    Happy Anniversary!

    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    1. hnsbmg Aug 18, 2010 10:46 PM

      I haven't been recently but always order the tasting menu to get a good cross-section of the best and the brightest. And don't discount non-fish items. The last time I was there, the tasting's meat course was a superb piece of steak. Of course, it would be a shame to have steak as your only entree, with all the good fish and shellfish.

      Occasionally, WG has served fish cooked slightly too long for my taste, so, if you're sensitive to overcooking -- I emphasize, it was slight and only on occasion -- make your preferences clear.

      Sorry I can only offer this general advice. You've reminded me that I need to get back down there sometime soon.

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        aventinus Aug 19, 2010 08:16 PM

        I haven't had a bad dish at Water Grill in my past 10 meals there. Most dishes have been outstanding; some have been merely good. I would just order what sounds good to you.

        Water Grill
        544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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        1. re: aventinus
          aventinus Aug 20, 2010 10:27 AM

          I'll also add that one of my most memorable recent dishes at Water Grill was not fish, but rather chicken in green olive pesto with "potato risotto." This was interesting and full of flavor.

          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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          Cucinamore Aug 19, 2010 08:41 PM

          For a delicious fish you don't see often, try the barramundi.

          1. ipsedixit Aug 19, 2010 09:18 PM

            The specials never seem to disappoint, so definitely pay attention to those.

            Tasting menu is always a solid option.

            If you choose to go a la carte, the crab cakes, sea bass, and copper river salmon are always highlights. Don't like their swordfish, however.

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