Chad and I ate at the original Watershed in Decatur on its last night at that location and have been waiting patiently to try the new Watershed since it opened. We decided to go Saturday morning for lunch and have a big lunch so we wouldn’t need to eat dinner as we were going to see “The Importance of Being Ernest” at Oglethorpe University that night.
The space is gorgeous, nice and homey not to fussy, just simple and rather elegant. Our server was really good and knowledgeable about the food and provided great service. Oh and I got simple syrup with my tea to make it sweet. I love it when restaurants do this.
We had the following for our lunch:
Goujonettes of North Carolina catfish, hot pepper slaw –
Fried crawfish pie
Chicken fried steak sandwich lettuce, tomato, country gravy, firecracker green beans
Fried pimento cheese sandwich tomato basil soup
Very good chocolate cake in a jar
Goujonettes of North Carolina catfish
Let me start out by saying that I had no idea what a Goujonette is, but here is the definition from RecipeTips.com:
Goujonette: A thin strip of fish that has been cut from the fish fillet. Also referred to as a fish finger or baton, the goujonette is cut across the width (not length) of a raw fillet, providing a strip, generally less than 1 inch wide, that is cut from the top to the bottom of the fish fillet. A goujonette is typically batter fried so it maintains a thin narrow shape and is served as an appetizer.
This is exactly what it was, but the cool part was, that it came with lettuce, slaw and tartar sauce and you got to make a lettuce wrap with the catfish. It’s not usually my thing but it was absolutely delicious. The slaw isn’t like normal slaw it had a bit of an Asian flavor to it and the tartar sauce had a great flavor as well, and all the flavors and textures together were a homerun in my book.
The fried crawfish pie – This was delicious as well, I preferred it to the one we had gotten from the other location. This had such a light and flaky crust to it, and plenty of crawfish and a nice rich roux inside another homerun!
The fried pimento cheese sandwich and tomato basil soup, the soup was fantastic. It had the perfect amount of salt and basil to it, it was too salty which is important to me the flavor was great. The fried pimento cheese sandwich was really awesome. You can’t really go wrong with a fried cheese sandwich, can you? It was lightly breaded with what I think was cornmeal and it held together well when I dunked it into the soup. YUM…. Grand slam, perhaps!
Chicken fried steak sandwich with country gravy and firecracker green beans. I took a bite and it was pretty spectacular. The firecracker green beans were interesting the firecracker was kind of like a tomato sauce. All in all I liked it, and he ate the whole thing so I think he did too.
Very good chocolate cake – in a jar.
The chocolate cake, I have to say was VERY GOOD. Moist and chocolaty with very light whipped cream on top. It was really cute in the jar. Our server kindly offered to split it on separate plates for us, but I felt like we’d be missing something such as, the jar. I would go back just for the cake. They weren’t lying. It IS very good Chocolate cake – in a jar.
I really enjoyed my lunch at Watershed, I’m glad we went, and I can’t wait to go for dinner. I really want to go on a Wednesday night when it’s fried chicken night but I’m not sure if I can get there in time. One of these days, maybe I’ll leave work early with the excuse of “needing fried chicken” hey it’s the south, it should work!
Give Watershed a try, the food is good, service is good and the space is gorgeous. It’s new location is on Peachtree Road at 28th street. They have valet parking, at lunch time we self parked.