We decided to go to a premature celebratory dinner at the Borgata in AC and ended up at
WOLFGANG PUCK AMERICAN GRILLE.We ate in the front part of the restaurant, the Tavern. Which is a little more laid-back and not too pretentious. The menu was small, but well represented. We started off with the Chinois Salad with Spicy Cashews and Sweet and Spicy Chinese Mustard Dressing ($16). More than enough for two people, the couple next to us immediately regretted getting two for themselves. It was very fresh and crisp, with an almost-slaw-like texture. The dressing was perfect-not too much, not too little. And the flavors were outstanding. Oh the bread! I almost forgot the bread. The bread basket was delivered and featured 3 different types - a pretzel-type roll, a sweet roll that reminded me of my fav King's Hawaiian, and the best - a focaccia-like bread covered in caramelized onions and bacon! This was a nice treat after just eating at another upscale AC restaurant where the bread boy rationed out a dense cold roll-forget about asking for two! Next we decided on the Margherita Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato Sauce ($14), which is made in the wood fired oven. I know you're probably thinking 'why a Margherita pizza with all those other choices?' We like to establish a baseline-very scientific, I know. But you can't imagine how many places can't get a Margherita pizza right. So, if they do, we know it's safe to order, say, the Spicy Chicken Pizza with Roasted Garlic, Peppers, Onions and Cilantro next time :) And if we hadn't ordered three beers, it would have been comparable (price-wise) to any other not-so-tasty casual chain restaurant that we are sometime forced to patronize for lack of better options.
So to wrap it up, My Critic says: Excellent service, outstanding food. We can't wait to go back!