Friday, March 14, 2008
I am putting good use to my coupon book! Tofu and I went to Waters Lake House in Irvine. I have been wanting to try this place since High School. It was suppose to be a very romantic place for Prom, Winter Formal, or Homecoming. You know that if it's a place with a wonderful view or dining atmosphere that food usually takes a blow in quality. For my Prom we went to Orange Hill, which is a gorgeous restaurant view but the food was horrendous and expensive! I warned Tofu to not expect much from this place since it's popular for dances and I have heard the food wasn't the best. We decided to try it since I had a buy one get one free coupon, so why not.
The location was quiet and quaint. It's right on the lake so you get a meal with a full view and lots of cute ducks swimming by. Of course we decided to sit outside to get the best view. They served us French bread with butter. Tofu liked the crispy crust of the bread, I was more interested in feeding the ducks. He wanted to eat the bread so I resisted the temptation until the end of the meal where he was done with the bread. Then I started to throw bits of bread into the lake. If you feed them, they will come! There was a swarm of ducks! It was very entertaining.
Tofu decided to try the Hawaiian Ahi. A seared sesame ginger soy ahi tuna with sticky rice and kung pao vegetables. He was nostalgic for the appetizer we ordered at Ruth's Chris for Dine LA Week. Of course I reminded him that this place would not measure up, but if that is what he desired then go for it. The amount of Ahi tuna given was generous, although the texture was way off. It was four huge slices. Imagine a square cut into four triangles. I think if they had used a block of seared tuna and sliced thinly, the texture would have been at least comparable to Ruth's Chris. I didn't try the vegetables, but they plating was nice. It was just a mediocre dish.
I decided to go the safe route and ordered the Coulotte Steak. You really can't mess up steak too much, only if the quality of the meat was horrible to begin with. My dish was a prime cut top sirloin with roasted garlic and Gorgonzola butter. The steak was tender, although the outside seemed a little dry. There was a few peppercorns that gave the steak a kick. The vegetables were crisp but bland so I added butter, salt & pepper to give it flavor. I was satisfied with my dish.
All in all it was better than I thought, but then again I had very low expectations. The service was decent, I thought the waiter was a little weird in his approach to be friendly. I can definitely see why HS students would come here for a "romantic" dinner because the view was nice both at day time and night time. I did a contrast photo, although I didn't want to use flash so it's kind of hard to see. It's very pretty at night too. The best part was when I started feeding the ducks, which was a LOT of fun! For the fact that I had a buy one get one free coupon, it was worth it. I would only come back again if I had the same coupon because for the same price you can get much better food elsewhere.