My boyfriend and I decided to try Jar after reading many positive reviews about their delicious food. We went on a Sunday night around 6pm (great time to go, as its almost empty). The décor isnt my favorite, the walls and chairs are in various browns and the setting has a 70s flair. The tables are set quite close to each other (what is it with having neighbors so close you can hear their conversation?) but they did a good job with spacing people out as they came in to dine.
Our waiter was attentive and not overbearing, allowing us to order one course at a time in order to space out our dining experience even more. I started with an iceberg lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing and red onions. It was good, the blue cheese had a nice sharp flavor, but not worth $11 in my opinion. My boyfriend had the beet salad (Roasted beets, arugula, sweet Roquefort, balsamic vinaigrette), which he enjoyed but commented that it could have been larger serving. By this time we were ready to order our main course, and I just had to try their signature pot roast (served with two carrots and caramelized onion) after reading review after review of people salivating over it. My boyfriend had the Coq au Vin (with red wine, Applewood smoked bacon, pearl onions, and crimini mushrooms). We decided to share the side of Japanese purple yams.
Needless to say, their pot roast just melted in my mouth, and was incredibly delicious. Its a shame that more restaurants dont offer pot roast on their menus as its the ultimate comfort food! My boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed his chicken but I personally thought my pot roast was better. The purple yams were also quite good! I drank iced tea throughout the meal, which was perfect. Just strong enough but sugar was not needed to remove any bitter taste. My boyfriend started with white wine and enjoyed a red with his chicken. (Sorry, Im not a wine buff so I cant remember what he ordered).
Finally, dessert. We wanted to try two desserts and chose the lemon tart and Jars signature chocolate pudding. (They also had a special dessert; a trio of cupcakes in various flavors). The lemon tart had just the right consistency with whipped cream to take off the edge of tartness. As far as the chocolate pudding goes, I can understand why its their signature dessert. Its very thick, almost like a mousse and the chocolate flavor just pops in your mouth. We were left wanting for more after finishing off the last bite.
We spent about 2 hours at Jar and it wasnt even half full when we left, so Sundays are definitely a great time to go if you want a quiet meal. Or maybe we just got lucky. Either way, the next time I get a craving for pot roast, I will definitely be visiting Jar!
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