The other night, a good friend suggested we meet for dinner at A-Frame in Culver City. After an extremely unpleasant community-seating experience– the diner next to me sitting so close I could feel them breathing on my neck– we fled to the nearest establishment we could find. Sometimes things just work out the way they’re supposed to. I hadn’t heard of WATERLOO & CITY previously, didn’t recall they had made Los Angeles Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2010. I didn’t know the chef, Brendan Collins, had worked with “Britain’s original culinary bad boy, Marco Pierre White.”
Unaware of all the buzz, we entered through the bar to find a fantastic London-pub-style space with dark wood paneling and plenty of non-community seating. Quick synopsis: Our server was great, the cocktails were ok, and the food was fabulous. Details: The Caesar salad was amazing (uh-mazing!): poached egg sitting on a bed of lettuce wrapped in a circular “crouton” with dried prosciutto and anchovies (on the side). I sit here salivating just thinking about this salad. For our entrees we had the the potato gnocchi with slow braised beef ragu, Pecorino and spinach and the pasta with English peas, Italian sausage and Parmesean. Both were delicious. We were stuffed but just couldn’t pass up the maple glazed doughnuts.
The meal was the best I’ve had in a long time. Can’t wait to visit again.