by Sophie Gayot
Remember that dining scene in the movie “The Italian Job?” It was shot at the famous seafood restaurant Water Grill located in downtown Los Angeles. I recently dined there to review the cuisine of newly appointed chef Amanda Baumgarten as she follows in the footsteps of chefs Matt Stein, Allyson Thurber, Michael Cimarusti (now at Providence), and David LeFevre (now at M.B. Post), who have been part of the 20-year history of the restaurant. You can read my review in our Restaurant section.
During the reviewing process, I really liked Baumgarten’s seared Ecuadorian bigeye tuna with baby artichokes, Ozette potatoes, and Fremont tangerines. So after dinner I went back in the kitchen with her, and had her prepare the dish in front of the camera. Watch my exclusive video with Amanda, who also competed on “Top Chef” season 7 and made it all the way to the top four.
You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from Water Grill restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.