When BandA came to town a few weeks ago, insomniac, kirkette, aubergebride, yeah4me, Ajknightfan, and I gathered at Waterloo & City, a British gastropub in Culver City. It also happened to be yeah4me's birthday, so we had much to celebrate!
insomniac sipped a Westside (Plymouth gin, fresh watermelon juice, mint, lemonade).
Ajknightfan and BandA each got a tomato terrine special to start.
Radicchio and watercress salad, truffle vinaigrette, burrata ($10).
aubergebride began her meal with this fresh garden arrangement.
Duck and walnut country pate, orange marmalade ($12).
insomniac and I shared this charcuterie offering. Felt like we were on a picnic in the English countryside. Jolly good!
Braised short rib pizza, Stilton, chimichurri ($15).
BandA noshed on this and let me take home her leftovers. I was not terribly impressed with the slice I had, but Mr. Monkey liked his share late that night.
Steamed mussels, red Thai curry, lime, ginger, ciabatta ($19).
kirkette cleaned up this bowl of bivalves.
Ajknightfan ordered the only miss of the night.
I don't even remember what this was, but, needless to say, it's unlikely I would ever order a salad for my main course at Waterloo & City. You shouldn't either!
Local halibut, cilantro gnocchi, chorizo, cherry tomatoes, spinach ($25).
If you maintain a gluten-free and soy-free diet like yeah4me does, you can still eat well at Waterloo & City!
Truffle pasta special.
insomniac often plays the role of Mr. Monkey when we dine together, i.e., she'll trade plates with me halfway. Boy, was I glad she was my eating partner. This fine pasta was just wondrous. aubergebride got this, too, and we were all mmmmm-ing up a storm!
Crispy confit pork shank, spring potatoes, Bing cherries, smoked bacon ($25).
I'm totally biased, but I think I got the winning dish of the night. Just look at it. Perfectly golden and crispy outside and extraordinarily tender, juicy, and flavorful inside. So mouthwateringly luscious that I almost didn't want to give insomniac her half. Ha!
Miti Cana goat cheese from Spain, Torta La Serena sheep cheese from Spain, Oma by Von Trapp Farmstead cow cheese from Vermont ($10).
insomniac and yeah4me mowed through this plate, while insomniac carefully recorded each cheese in her infamous cheese journal. Let it be known that, without this great cheese journal, I would not have been able to name these cheeses for you. insomniac is currently foursquare mayor of a reputable cheese shop. insomniac has also taken cheese classes. insomniac knows her stuff. Just call her Mayor McCheese.
"Almond Joy" -- coconut, almonds, macarons, ice cream ($9).
Waterloo & City treated our birthday girl to this gluten-free, soy-free delight.
Waterloo bourbon glazed doughnuts, jam, custard ($9).
"Peaches and Cream" -- peaches, peach ice cream, cream soda ($9).
Sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream ($9).
I think I was once again the winner with this pick. BandA and aubergebride agreed that this was sinfully delicious -- like eyeballs-rolling-to-the-back-of-your-head delicious. A must-order!
Two thumbs up from me for Waterloo & City.