a little close up....
The warm bread was good....my favorite was the onion ciabatta roll. So much oniony flavor...I of course had to slather it with lots of butter. After we finished our meal, we asked for more bread. hehe
For my first course, I had the Water Grill Clam Chowder with Weiser Farm potatoes and Niman Ranch bacon.
I personally love really fatty fishes, I know...big surprise! Coming from the person who loves butter and slathers over every square inch of my bread. Chilean seabass is one of my favorites or butter fish, but since Chilean seabass is going extinct, I can't eat it anymore.
Desserts...this was the Fromage blanc cheesecake, Ravi enjoyed it.
Yup, the ice cream trio was mine. Milk chocolate, malt and black cherry.
Red velvet pudding cake with raspberries and mascarpone ice cream...
Additional jelly candies and peanut butter chocolates were brought out and were delicious!!
I wanted to get back to my conversation with Chef David. When he asked me how our meal was and what dishes stood out, I told him how much I enjoyed the clam chowder and we discussed the flavors and how simple and clean it was and he told me how he made it. Then he asked if there was anything else, and you know...I had to pause because I was debating in my head if I should just be polite and say everything was great or be forthright and give my, what I believe to be, constructive criticism of my meal.
So I went with #2. I said...well, to be honest, my shrimp was overcooked and charred, and then we discussed the pork...which I already recounted to you the hours spent cooking it. I did tell him my own personal preference to having my pork belly to be super tender...but again, that is just my preference. He was very cool about it and he told me that he really appreciated my candor. I like to believe that he was more receptive of my thoughts because I wasn't straight up bashing the food because certain elements were not to my liking, but more so because the conversation came of a place of understanding food and cooking techniques etc...
Now, my overall feelings about the restaurant and Dine L.A.? I think the service was excellent, friendly, personable and attentive. The food, I liked certain elements...but would like to go back to try some more of its seafood fare in order to give a true assessment of what they offer. I think that is only fair. As for Dine L.A. I don't know if I'm totally crazy about it...honestly. Yes you can get food at a cheaper price...but like I said in the beginning...is it up to par with what they normally serve? Last year, Gordon Ramsay's...we were disappointed. I say we because foodies and non-foodies alike had the same consensus...so it's not me just being super picky or a food snob...which Lord knows I'm SO not.
Anyhow...Water Grill...I'll be back. Chef David, if you read this...thanks for listening to my humble critique regarding your food. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to ask and listen to what I had to say. And I really do love that clam chowder! =)