White Rock’s Washington Avenue Grill, known to locals as The WAG, bills itself as an upscale casual dining restaurant. I have no idea what “upscale casual” is so let’s just slide right past that and get to the good stuff. Located at the east end of White Rock Beach The WAG is one of very few restaurants in the area that is actually on the water side of Marine Drive. The views are top shelf, there’s live music most nights, and there’s lots of free parking. The WAG has been around for years but this was my first visit.
I started with their Ahi Tuna Carpaccio, Shaved raw Ahi Tuna, cucumber ginger salsa, wasabi soy, wonton crisps. The Tuna was paper thin, fresh, and very tasty. The wasabi soy dressing added a nice salty heat and the wonton crisps added some much appreciated texture.
For my main I had the Sunday special, Surf and Turf for $22.99. A 10oz Flat Iron steak with prawns, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled veggies and a crab bearnaise sauce. The presentation of this dish is kind of off putting. The steak is sort of half on top of the potatoes making an odd beef ski hill for the copious amounts of crab bearnaise sauce to slalom down ending up in a pool at the side of the plate. You have to deconstruct it in order to eat it but once you do all of the pieces are tasty and well executed. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and I’m a big fan of flat iron steaks. The texture is a little tough due to how it’s cut (with the grain) but when cooked properly it’s a great piece of beef. The bearnaise sauce was good but there was WAY too much of it. The prawns, potatoes and veggies were all quite good.
For dessert our waitress recommended the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. It was everything I hoped it would be. Rich, sweet, salty, amazing. I’d recommend this to anyone.
There’s a pinkish hue to all of these pictures due to the candle on the table and some holiday lighting near my table. I could’ve used my flash but it wasn’t that kind of night. The service was outstanding, the live music was good (I usually hate live music at restaurants) and the prices are pretty comparable to other places on Marine Drive.
Would I go back? Maybe, free parking is great, being right along the water is a plus and they have a couple of craft beers in bottles on the menu. There are other places in White Rock with more modern décor and modern menus, the WAG feels a little dated but overall I would say it’s worth a try if you’ve never been.