Dishing out class without the sass, the multi-functional Watersedge Lighthouse is a force to be reckoned with. Doubling as an inn and a restaurant, this place hosts banquets, weddings, lodgers, and the hungry. Gorgeous inside and out, the establishment sits next to the Mohawk River marina. The outside patio leading up to the restaurant is glistening with scenic lights, highlighting the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Candlelit, the inside has a boathouse feel with high ceilings, classy chandeliers, expensive silverware and decorations. The waitress was no-nonsense and omniscient about the food. She quickly brought bread and drink refills. The courses were spaced out well, every 15 minutes. Excellent service. The complimentary bread was particularly crispy and soft. It’s a challenge not to fill up on the bread when it’s this good. For appetizers, there is no wrong choice. The potato croquets were crispy and flavorful as can be. When eaten with the sensational horseradish-mayonnaise sauce, fireworks blaze.
Furthermore, although it was aesthetically underwhelming, the shrimp cocktail was fresh and scrumptious. The spicy and complex marinara sauce coupled with lemon on top of the shrimp is a must-have flavor combo. My favorite part of the meal was the French onion soup. A classic done right, the onion flavor explosively cuts through the mountain of gooey cheese. With a thick broth and delectably caramelized onions, I have no complaints. The prime rib was “good.” Seasoned well and juicy, the meat was slightly undercooked and unimpressive otherwise. The side dishes were the true stars of the entrée. The garlicky and crunchy string beans were delectable, and the fingerling potatoes were crispy and masterfully seasoned.
However, the presentation of the food was weak, as each component was divorced from the others. The dessert options were a mixed bag. Usually the epitome of indulgence, the crème brulee was far from it. The first flaw was that the dish lacked sweetness. The second flaw was more apparent. The dish was served in a tall and high ramekin as opposed to a wide ramekin.
Everyone knows that the best part of crème brulee is the torched sugar on top. With the dimensions provided, there was a limited amount of the good stuff. On the other hand, the lemon cake is the dessert to get. Incredibly moist and tart, this cake was a refresher to the non-sweet, meh crème brulee. At the end of the day the Watersedge Lighthouse is a fancy place, with some great options and some less great options. If you do find yourself there, make sure to get the French onion soup and the lemon cake. Know before you go. Dig in!