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Dec 29, 2010 02:17 PM

Waterloo and City report

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

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  1. Thanks for the report. We really like this place especially the charcuterie plate. Great to share over drinks and conversation.

    1. That pizza sounds fantastic.

      1. We went last night with another couple to Waterloo and City. The quick and dirty - absolutely loved the charcuterie plate. Probably one of the best I have ever had. The main dish was okay and a side we ordered was meh.

        Drinks - Ordered an Allagash Curiex for the table and then I ordered an Orval.

        Charcuterie -

        We did the Prince charcuterie plate which came with a cured meat selection (prosciutto, salame, and a few others that I'm blanking on). The charcuterie we chose for the Prince platter was the Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Mousse, Duck & Walnut Country Pate, Orange Marmalade, Pork Terrine with truffle butter and orange jelly, and a wild boar pate with a red pepper jam. All of this came with toasted brioche, cornichons, and pickled onions. All of it was very very good. My favorites were the foie gras mousse (which tasted like butter) and the the duck pate which had incredible texture. I would have walked away happy with just the charcuterie.

        Main dish - Linguini, Veal Sweetbreads, Porcini, Prosciutto, Pecorino. It was okay. Nothing really stood out. The sweet breads were nicely cooked, I just didn't really taste any pop in the dish.

        Side dish - Brussels & Bacon, Balsamic Vinegar. Very disappointed with this dish. Lacked salt and you couldn't taste any vinegar. The brussels sprouts were soggy too.

        Dessert - Chocolate cake with salted caramel with vanilla bean ice cream. We all enjoyed the dessert. Balanced between sweet and salty and hot and cold.

        We would definitely come back, but next time we would just order the King charcuterie, more beer, and 2 desserts.

        Waterloo and City
        12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

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        1. re: shellshock24

          My wife's sentiments are a near copy of yours. She joins friends for some drinks, rounded out by the charcuterie and maybe a pizza or desserts shared by the table. All walk away perfectly satisfied. The charcuterie and the drink lists shine here.

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Took brother in law + hard to please wife to W&C on their way to the airport for a trip to Hong Kong - rave reviews for the Prince's plate, Sweetbreads although I sent back the soup because it was so salty. Told our server we had a plane to catch and he could not have been more soliticitous and we got out on time. I love this place more each visit. Poured with rain that night so I didn't slurp my usual Pimms Cup. Yum.