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"Great Steakhouse Challenge" - Dinner at Jar (review and photo link)

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"Great Steakhouse Challenge" - Dinner at Jar (review and photo link)

pleasurepalate | Oct 26, 2006 01:51 AM

A while back, a lot of you were really helpful in helping me choose a variety of LA steakhouses for a dining series that I organized for my dining group. See link below:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

So I thought that as our group visited each of the steakhouses, I'd post a review. :

)

First up was Taylor's Steakhouse in La Canada. See link below:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Second in line was Dal Rae in Pico Rivera. :
)http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Is third time the charm for Jar? Let's find out!

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After my heavenly experience at Dal Rae, Jar definitely had a lot to live up to in my books. Unfortunately, my tale is part woe and part bliss.

Before we get to the woe part, I want to mention that everything started off on a high note for me when I had my salad. That salad, which consisted of roasted beets, arugula, sweet roquefort and balsamic vinaigrette, was absolutely delicious. Considering that I work for a produce company that makes bagged salads, I'm extremely picky about my salads and I finished everything on my plate to the last beet.

Following the fantastic salad came the woe. :( I ordered the skirt steak and was extremely disappointed. First off, I expected the meat to be more marbelized, just a little bit fatty to allow for flavor in the meat. Also with that little bit of fat, the outside of the steak would have also been more caramelized, which again would have again contributed better to its flavor. The meat was also chewy-soft, if that makes sense. After the high of the Petite Filet Pepper Steak I had at Dal Rae, this skirt steak was a real downer.

In retrospect, the waiter did say that the dishes that Jar is known for are the items listed under the Braises and Sautes section of the menu and lo and behold, some in the group ordered the lamb shank with star anise, coriander and garlic as well as the Jar's signature pot roast and were quite happy with their meal, so on a return visit, I probably would make different choices.

However, it should be noted that two people in our group split the Prime Porterhouse and raved about the tenderness of the meat, the flavor and the juiciness of the meat, which is another reason to avoid the skirt steak altogether next time.

But along with the woe was bliss and that bliss for me in the form of the french fries with garlic and parsley that I ordered as a side. Crunchy and with a flavor zing...those fries made me a happy camper. Also, the dessert special that I shared with a friend was awesome, a rich butterscotch pudding that almost made me weep with joy. I also had a taste of Jar's signature chocolate pudding and oh my gosh, it was creamy dark chocolate perfection!

Overall, I would make my way to Jar again, but at least this time, I know what not to order in way of a steak and if the butterscotch pudding isn't available, the chocolate pudding will do just as well.

To see pics, go to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addic...

By the way, my camera settings weren't as they should be, so the pics are a bit blurry.

Jar
8225 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-655-6566

Thanks,
Abby

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