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Posted by tay on 04/06/2009
My wife and I went to wd-50 last weekend and had a very good experience. I can see where all of the complaints come from: The portions were relatively small, the prices relatively high. Not every dish was a home-run...there were some ground-rule doubles mixed into our meal, but no outright whiffs. That said, most of what we had was delicious and ALL of it was memorable. In my eyes, that's what you're going here for - stuff you won't get anywhere else. On that front they certainly deliver.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2009
This was not my first visit to wd-50. I come from a family of foodies and brought my son here for an amazing experience. We ordered the tasting menu with the wine paring. I dont even know where to begin to describe how bad of a meal we had. I expected everything i ate to be perfection. I was sorely disappointed. One dish was lobster legs with brussel sprouts. The lobster legs were mini tentacles with a limp consistancy and very fishy. The brussel sprouts over cooked. Another dish was a rabbit sausage, tasteless and unidentifiable. Foie gras with passionfruit center. A great idea, unfortunately the foie gras terrine was icy cold with the consistancy of hard butter and totally tasteless. There was some kind of green cookie crumbled on top which was also tasteless and I felt like i was eating rabbit food pelets. The squab I sent back because I just dont eat pidgeon. Even the desserts were challenging. There was not one single thing that we put in our mouth (other than the wines, which were very good) that was enjoyable. My bill was over $500 for 2 ppl and I am totally resentful. Perhaps you will say I am clueless. But please forgive me for repeating myself. This meal was just a disappointment.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2008
I'm very surprised to see some of the negative reviews. Just had an absolutely fantastic dinner with wonderful service. The Corned Duck appetizer is ridiculous and loved the skirt steak entree. Lots of fun drinks as well. Service was top notch - I personally can't wait t go back and try again.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/03/2008
Recently, I had dinner with friends/colleagues here and the entire party was extremely disappointed. The monkfish entree was delicious, but the quail appetizer was lukewarm, overcooked and a very small portion. However, the worst part of the night was the service, which was beyond atrocious, I don't know where to begin. Both the server and manager know nothing about wines and it took about 25 minutes for us to even get our first round of drinks. Then, when my friend asked for a knife, she was told she didn't need one because she was eating soup. Um, what? Then, when another friend asked if his drink was coming, the server told him that they were making it and he'd have to wait. It was clear our server hated us as much as we hated her, which is a shame b/c we were dining on an expense account and she could have gottten a great tip if she had actually wanted to do her job. Sadly, we won't be returning here
Posted by Lupi on 10/18/2008
I didn't think it was possible to torture food, but after dinner last night at WD50, I can see that I was mistaken. Not content to serve quality ingredients, prepared honestly and imaginatively, the chef resorts to cheap tricks like chopping terrine de foie gras into tiny bits and scattering them on the plate, where they rest unappealingly, like flesh-colored jujubes. I am still struggling with the raison d'etre of my main course, pork ribs with plantains. It sounded plausible, but when it arrived, the pork had been removed from the bone, cubed and fried. The plantains were mashed and then reassembled into cubes of similar size and color, the monochromatic duo swimming in a pool of near colorless liquid containing infinitesimal cubes of rhubarb. This restaurant has a Michelin star? Pulleez!
Posted by Nightmare on 10/06/2008
Honestly, I am a total foodie and was so let down by this place. The food was honestly disgusting...I mean, I was ready to be shocked (and was) but the combinations also need to be palatable. The sweetbread appetizer, coated in peanuts (among other things) tasted (and looked) like soggy microwaved chicken McNuggets. The buttermilk soup was decorated with what tasted like bacon bits and pieces of shaved asparagus arranged in tightly wound squiggles. The pepper oatmeal served with the monkfish (which itself wasn't too fresh) was tasteless, as were the gnocchi served with the wagyu beef...chewy flavorless messrare beef does not pair well with Almond Extract Foam! Although the deserts were absolutely beautiful, they tasted as if they had been sprayed with imposter perfumes...synthetic foams overwhelmed the flavor. Oh, and the decor is even worse than the food (if you can believe it)...seriously, it's constructed and decorated like a cross between Starbucks and Chili's. The lighting is heinous...pendulum lamps in ugly colors everywhere...with communal banquettes in dark eggplant stripes.
Posted by Meg on 05/29/2008
I consider myself a relatively experienced restaurant goer. I have lived here for 10+ years and don't cook much. I thought that the food here was amazing. I did not get the tasting menu because I have made that mistake at other expensive restaurants (Four Seasons). My food was so interesting. The flavors were unique and well presented. I just could not let the last review tarnish this restaurant or discourage others from going.