Water Grill is a Michilin-starred seafood restaurant located in Downtown Los Angeles. Amanda, from a couple seasons of Top Chef past was the sous chef there. Though I've heard a lot about it, I've never had an opportunity to go. My manager and I had a vendor lunch and we tried going to Bottega Louie, but the wait was too long. We treked a block and a half down to Water Grill, and were seated immediately in a mostly empty restaurant. Rumor has it that it is an "old people place" and what with the prices and decor, I'm not too surprised.
choice of bread - this is olive
kumamoto and chincoteague bay
line caught pacific swordfish, peppadew hummus, pomegranate cous cous, mint yogurt sauce
yellowfin tuna nicoise, white anchovy, haricot vert, crispy/runny egg
vermont maple pudding, creme fraiche, fleur de sel, pecan shortbread cookies
I was more impressed than I thought it would be. The lobster roll had what seemed like an entire lobster in it, and was nicely dressed in a crisp on the outside soft on the inside roll. And the oysters were amazingly fresh and flavorful. I didn't have the other two entrees, but the only thing slightly lacking was the dessert. The pudding was a bit too soft and runny, and the fleur de sel could have been more evenly distributed. Can't wait to come again for lunch during DineLA - now that I told my coworker Sona it was good, she is willing to make a visit.
The Water Grill
544 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071