I was looking forward to my visit to Flour+Water after they received rave reviews from the critics and high recommendations from friends. I walked away slightly disappointed from a few missteps in the kitchen. I do believe that Flour+Water has the potential to be a great restaurant if they pay attention to some of the small details, and I’d be willing to give it another go.
The two antipasti we ordered were excellent and I felt we were off to a great start when we began with the:
Rabbit confit with eggplant, pine nuts, currants & wild arugula
Squash salad with their blossoms, hen cracklings & watercress
Both dishes highlighted the seasonal produce spot on and all of the flavors came together perfectly.
For our second course we decided to bypass the pizzas and order two of the pastas, and afterwards, we wished we had ordered more of the antipasti. The two pastas we ordered were:
Mint tagliolini with artichokes, sicilian olives & calabrian chili
Vitello & taggiasca olive raviolini with sweet onion
Both pastas suffered from a flavor imbalance due to over-seasoning. The tagliolini was too spicy and the raviolini was to salty and that was enough to overpower the dishes to the point of being unpleasant. When you’re dealing with subtle flavors and ingredients you have to use care when seasoning. This was probably due to an inexperienced cook in the kitchen that night and I’d be willing to give it another try in the future.
The dining room was Mission hip and compact with a buzz of happy diners. The service was different from most other restaurants with the servers sharing all of the duties. This is good and bad because you’ll always have someone there when you need something, and then, you’ll also have the servers repeating a lot of the same questions.
Flour+Water is worth a trip and hopefully next time I visit everything comes together more smoothly.