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Dinner Lacking at Jak's (SEA)

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Dinner Lacking at Jak's (SEA)

AJL | Jan 21, 2005 11:01 AM

I hadn't been to Jak's Grill (W. Sea) in quite some time, probably over a year, until some friends and I decided to get together. What a disappointing meal.

The service was good and attentive when were were seated, getting our order and getting the check. We were served efficiently and with no rush. One of us had the salmon, another New York strip, and I had the chicken. One of us, the salmon eater, is very picky and she found the lack of salad dressing choices daunting (I think they are fine myself) - esp. since there was no "ranch." I found my salad very good with the vinigarette and our companion's blue cheese good as well. A nice warm bread plate the usual yummy as well. That's where it ended.

The salmon (cooked medium well, still underdone in the center on purpose) was not a good cut of fish. It might have been better fully cooked. Our friend preferred her fish well-cooked, but the server insisted that they simply couldn't cook it through or it would be over-done. Wrong. In any case, the salmon was over-brined and over-smokey. It was simultaneously tough and mushy. The salmon flavor was not there. Her pototao cakes were a bit over-cooked as well. All our broccoli was a touch over-cooked (I'm so used to having perfectly done vegetables there that this was a suprise).

My chicken was a shocker. It was not a real chicken breast like I expected, but rather two flattened "patty-like" chicken pieces like other restaurants use in chicken burgers. These were over-cooked to the point that the edges were tough. I didn't even get through one. I've had better chicken patties at the Elliott Bay Brewery. The "jamaican spice" marinade was flavorless and sticky. No spice at all. My baked potato, which I ordered to come with everything BUT sour cream, came with ONLY sour cream. I asked the server's helper for some butter, and he said, "Your potato has butter." "No, it doesn't." "It's inside the potato." And then walked away before I could say anything else. Okkkkaayyyy...I used the rest of the bread butter.

The steak order was good. I didn't hear her exclaiming over it however. If she doesn't like something, she's usually quiet, so I assume it wasn't necessarily to her liking as well.

Overall - I don't think I'd go back. Not worth the price. Very disappointing. If I want to spend that much on a meal, I'll go to Mashiko or Ovio, or even Salty's.

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