Valentine's Day was our first time there and we liked it so much we decided to come back. This time there was no special occasion except that I had an Opentable Spotlight Gift Certificate that I needed to use before it expired! We started the night with a toast at the bar. I had one of the Water Works' signature specialty cocktails, Schuykill-tini. It was a citrus vodka concoction with a big red Swedish fish candy on the bottom of the glass!
|enjoying a Schuylkill-tini at the bar before dinner|
|Fine water list at Water Works|
To start our meal we both ordered salads. My boyfriend ordered the traditional Caesar salad and I had the Baby Arugula Salad with pine nuts, goat cheese and watermelon. It was delicious and a perfect springtime menu item with the refreshing watermelon complementing the bold taste of the goat cheese.
Next we moved right on to our entrees. I had the Artic Char which is a pink fish that is cross between a trout and salmon. If you like salmon you will enjoy Artic Char, I did! It was served with a few homemade green olive flavored gnocchi and grilled artichoke hearts.
|Artic Char plated with the skin|
My date ordered the chicken dish, Jidori Chicken, served with truffle fondant potatoes and Vidalia onion jus. I tried a bit from his plate and it was very tasty. Both photos of the entrees don't really do them justice. I think they tasted better than they look here.
|Jidori Chicken entree|
We were mid meal when I looked up and walking towards us was the Honorable Mayor Michael Nutter! He was kind enough to even stop at our table shake my hand and ask us how our meal was. The last time that I shook hands with Mayor Nutter was when I was a runner last May at the start of the Broad Street 10 miler run. Mayor Nutter is such a personal guy and having an brief conversations with him during our dinner really made it even more special. He was also seated outside just two tables away with a large party of about eight men.
As we continued eating the sun continued to set on the river and we had front row seats. It was so beautiful and if you ask me I think we had the best seats in the house. I loved our terrace view of Boathouse Row at sunset. I highly recommend dinning at Water Works if you are looking for a great meal, friendly service and a beautiful setting. I hope you like it as much as we did.
|Date night at Water Works|