Respond to Review of Watercourse Foods
Review: My partner and I came here just to find out they wouldn't be serving their regular menu that evening, but a special prixe fixe "Harvest Dinner" for $70 per person, with every item also available a la carte. We were only hoping to get something light anyway as we had already had a few bites at the hotel. Plus, being out-of-towners, we weren't aware of other vegan options nearby, so we still headed in, which sadly turned out to be an utter disappointment. I truly can't think of a single thing worth recommending about this place. Granted, it was a special menu they were doing, but if the food we had was supposed to be "special", I could only imagine how much better the regular menu could be. First dish we had was the "baby winter green salad with endive, raspberry powder, pear gastrique and blue cheese crisp". It was literally a few spring mix leaves and two endive leaves sandwiched between two thin speckled crisps dusted with raspberry powder. The dressing was bland; the pear "gastrique" completely eluded me. The portion was laughably small. All of which made the $12 price tag ridiculous. Next, we had the "caramelized leek and mushroom pâté with pomegranate reduction and crispy fennel salad". The pâté square was about the size of a slab of tofu, tasted okay, nothing special, and the so-called crispy fennel salad didn't seem to be anything more than several pieces of plain shaved fennel casually thrown on top. This plate was $14. Our last dish was the "mushroom 'mussels' served in a flavorful broth and warm bread". This didn't remind me the least bit of mussels so I have no clue why they would put it in the description. The mushrooms were... eh just mushrooms, a little one-note in flavor. The vegan challah bread was not bad dunked in the broth, but wasn't served warm as advertised; it came out cold. They charged $16 for this. Overall the menu was uncreative; food was mediocre at best; presentation was very basic if not non-existent; portions were terribly paltry. The premium prices they asked were disgusting. That was my main beef. I don't mind dropping serious cash for a quality meal, but this certainly wasn't one of them. The fact that they failed to accomplish something as simple as warming the bread really hinted at the incompetence of the kitchen to deliver anything decent enough to match that price point. I was dumbfounded by the amount of reservations for this special menu they claimed to have, and felt sorry for those who opted to do the full menu.