When it's dineLA season, I'm all about trying new things, so, if I choose to go to somewhere I've been before, that place is one I love. Neither Diabolina nor Amber had ever been to Water Grill, so this was a great time to visit again. For a reduced price! Even better, their boys joined us, too. So sad Mr. Monkey was out of town and didn't make it a sixsome!
Water Grill has been a favorite of mine since the year 2000, when I was but a wee summer associate. What little wide-eyed 23-year-old doesn't love fancy fish? Fish so fancy it's starred!
White chowder with Manila clams, Weiser farm potatoes, and Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon. Jim thought that the bowl was smaller than usual (although it looked about the same as the last time I was here), but, regardless of size, this soup is always a hit.
Cucumber-rolled spicy big eye tuna with hearts of palm puree, ruby grapefruit, and tobiko. Loooooved this. Diabolina and I were mmmmm-ing up a storm.
King salmon with sauce soubise, trumpet royale mushrooms, and red wine reduction. Very tender and lovely. The Diabolinas thoroughly enjoyed this!
California Pacific Ridgeback swordfish with tomato-date chutney, tiny squash, cumin-scented zucchini puree, and chick pea panisse. The winning entree of the night! Congratulations, Amber and Jim! The fish was beautifully cooked, but the panisse is what really impressed me. It tasted like really fine polenta fried to perfection. It's only fitting that this photo focuses on the panisse. Tee hee hee.
Grilled Columbia River white sturgeon with coriander spiced yam, rapini, baby roasted beets, pearled barley, and oregano. I was quite pleased with this well-seasoned mélange of colors, flavors, and textures.
Red velvet pudding with mascarpone ice cream. Tastes as good as it looks. I still remember how much I liked it the last time I visted.
Blueberry mascarpone cake with crème fraîche ice cream and blueberry sorbet. Warm and cornbread-like and wonderful! Great with both icy treats!
As we were chatting when we got the check, the boys realized that they went to the same high school and were even in the same math class.
Diabolina couldn't believe it took them a whopping two hours to figure this out.
We had a good laugh about it.