I lunched twice at D'Jeet.
- Good quality ingredients and the flavors are really nice! The pickled vegetables on my salad were delicious with a hint of anise, maybe 5-spice powder. A butternut squash soup with apple and sage was *perfect*! Another salad was a bold combination that worked nicely: wasabi-coated seared tuna, roasted beets, olives. A very good mix of olives, pitted to make it easier to enjoy the salad.
- The place is charming. It's in a little old house. Clean, simple decor. There is a small dining room with cute mismatched tables. They provide magazines - a considerate touch for single diners. You can see the bright clean kitchen behind the take-out counter.
- If you eat in, they serve on nice casual tableware. No disposables.
- Soup portion is generous for the price. Salads are average size, but I think are a good value considering the high-quality ingredients.
- A salad with topped with under-cooked chick peas. I mentioned it to the woman behind the counter. She told me the chick peas were "al dente" and cooked in-house. IMO beans should be cooked until soft. Undercooked beans are a bad habit of many upscale chefs. I'd rather have my beans mushy than indigestible.
- Cheese sanfu. I specifically requested "no cheese" on my salad. I told them twice. Yet, there were several dots of goat cheese mixed in. I suspect the cheese was on a utensil used to dip the dressing or mix the salad. I believe this kitchen may be more meticulous than most and this was a rare mistake. But I was annoyed because I had to scrutinize my salad as I ate it.
- House-baked cookies are not to the standard of the other cooking. I had a chocolate chip cookie and a macaroon cookie. Nothing special. Honestly I prefer the tasty house-baked cookies at the nearby Whole Foods.
Overall I really like D'jeet and plan to return regularly.
Thanks to the chowhound who originally posted about this place...
Here's another chowhound thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/567071
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