I sort of can't believe Caffe Carciofo finally bit the dust - it felt like that place was around forever and I was sorry to see it go. So, it was with great expectations and hope that I ambled into Watty & Meg (248 Court St., at the corner of Kane St., 718-643-0007) on a recent evening to see what all the fuss is about. It's amazing how everyone gets into such a tizzy when a new restaurant opens up. I also love how there are conflicting stories about how the place got it's name. After a song, after a young couple in love. I'm beginning to think the folks behind W&M spread all these theories to encourage talk & buzz. I hate to say it, but my first meal there was a disappointment. I'll definitely give them another chance and sample some other things on the menu, but with all the other great options out there...
We started out with the Seared Diver Scallops appetizer, with green apple, leeks, English peas, marcona almonds in a veal semi-glaze. It was tasty, but c'mon, TWO scallops??? Too pricey for what you get.
We got the Crispy Skin Organic Salmon with quinoa, steamed kale and juniper berry sauce. Bo-Ring! First of all, I was asked what temperature I wanted it and then was served something waaaay overcooked (I asked for Medium Rare). Don't ask me and then ignore my request, right!?? The fish was very bland, the sauce was non-existent and the kale was lame. The quinoa was interesting, but I could have made this dish at home with one hand tied behind my back and it would have tasted better and would have been way cheaper.
I will go back - I hear the burger is fantastic (check out L Magazine's recent review), and I'll check 'em out for brunch. Hopefully they'll iron out all the kinks, things will settle down, and they'll become the next favorite local spot.