Had a wonderful lunch at Jeanty @ Jack's this week. To start, my friend and I split the terrine de lapin. It's an inch-thick hunk of country-style pate. Large, toothsome pieces of rabbit meat, spiced perfectly, and served at the proper temperature. It's accompaniment on the plate, however, was disappointing. It was a cole slaw dressed in a mayo/mustard mixture that was out of balance - way too sharp and aggressive. The handful of cornichon on the plate would have sufficed.
Then came the coq au vin and from the moment it was put down in front of me I knew I was in for something special. The sauce was the color of melted dark chocolate and was absolute perfection. Rich, intense, and perfectly seasoned. An absolute flavor explosion. I think I went through two or three hunks of bread and sauce before I even started digging into what was beneath. Under the sauce were two plump chicken legs that didn't even require a fork to get the meat off the bone. All you had to do was move them around a bit. Tiny potatoes and a few root vegetables rounded it out, plus, a side-dish of buttered noodles that were absolutely perfect in that sauce.
Simply the best coq au vin I've ever had in the US. I cleaned my plate. Go get some - and soon.
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