What we came for was the tasting menu. Because I'm a big fan of going big or going home when I'm trying food, I opted for the 13 course tasting menu for $155. What I decided not to do was the corresponding wine paring for $95. After what happened with all the alcohol at The Catbird Seat, I decided that 15 glasses of anything, no matter how small a serving, would be way too much for me.
Like most tasting menu restaurants, I feel like I cannot fully review the menu. If you go, you probably won't get the same things I had, and if you did, they might be presented completely differently. What I can do is talk about what I ate, and the overall experience of being surprised dish after dish.
tilefish with a parsnip jerky, pickled ginger puree and nori mustard. The tilefish was fatty, tender and tasted like butter. The fork just broke it apart and it melted in the mouth. I love tilefish and I wish I saw it on more menus. What really surprised me was the parsnip jerky, which if they didn't tell me was a vegetable, I would have thought it was meat. The nori mustard was dehydrated and served like a cracker, but it tasted more like nori than mustard.
As expected, the service was excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable, helpful, funny and even let me look around the kitchen when I was done eating. The whole staff worked well together and the pacing of the courses was perfect.
And while the food and service was great, what I really enjoyed was the conversations with the couples sitting next to us. The tables are close together so cross-table interaction is encouraged. On one side was a lovely Canadian couple who appears to travel around looking for food and wine adventures. They have even visited Nashville in the past! On the other side was a lovely couple of New Yorkers, via Australia and Greece. Everyone was kind, friendly, talkative and exactly what I love! If you go, make friends with those sitting next to you.
I'm so happy I finally got to try WD-50! They are open until the end of November if you feel like trying to get in, or you can try Wylie's other space Alder, or wait for whatever comes next!