Sunday, October 26, 2008

Watermark on Main Restaurant

Watermark on Main is a new restaurant in the City of Ventura that opened about two months ago. The first thing you will notice about this restaurant is the beautiful decor. The building that houses this restaurant was built in the 1920's. And much of the original decor still remains. The first and second floors contain the restaurant and the third floor is the W2O lounge. The main dining room has a full bar and beautiful high ceilings. The room is dimly lit and has the feel of a classic New York eatery. The food is your basic surf and turf with some house specialties.

Our meal started off with a a couple glasses of wine, I had a glass of the Tobin James Reisling. It was nice, clean and slighty tart. The bread came with two compound butters, a Sundried Tomato and a Garlic Parsley butter. There was also a Olive tapenade served. We ordered Chili Dusted Prawns with Roasted Garlic and a Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad for starters. Both dishes were very pedestrian and not impressive at all. The prawns were small, not seasoned enough and there was too much butter. The beets were under cooked, but the Goat Cheese was delicious.

For our main course we ordered the signature Cioppino and Grilled Ono. The Cioppino was mediocre, the quantity of seafood was impressive, but the "cioppino sauce" was bland and lacked any seafood flavor. The fish in the Cioppino was overcooked and the Mussels were a bit rubbery. For the cost of this dish, $45, I expected a lot more. The Grilled Ono looked very nice, but was a bit overcooked. We skipped dessert and headed up to the lounge.

The W2O lounge was unexpected. The atmosphere was completely different then the restaurant. With flat panel TVs and neon lit tables, this bar was much more contemporary and hip. The food menu in the lounge included several items from the main restaurant, but was tapered down for the bar. The lounge seems like it will be the main stay of the Watermark, the restaurant on the other hand needs some work.

1 comment:

  1. Forget going to the watermark if you're mexican or black. The head bartender and the owner will be more than happy to let you know that you are not welcome. The red and white (look it up in wiki) has stepped it up a notch in Ventura. So sad.