Had supper at JK last Saturday - overall, it was a bit disappointing because I went in with high expectations. Jamie was away, and the food quality was good but not excellent. Arrived at 6:20 pm, were told it was a 45-60 minute wait, and were seated at 7:40 (went to C'est What for a chocolate ale while we waited for a phone call from the hostess - who didn't call - but she seated us as soon as we returned). The service was very casual, but they acted right away when I mentioned I felt cold at our tiny table near the front window (they turned up the heat).
We shared the Yukon Gold Fries with Lemon and Mayo ($5), Smoked Whitefish Sandwich with pickled onion and creme fraiche ($10), Grilled Mackerel with Eggplant Caponata ($11), Seared Duck Breast with white bean puree and blackcurrant sauce ($10), and Choucroute Garni ($10). Only the fries, duck and choucroute were easily shared; the fish dishes needed to be cut up and divided by us. The menu is created twice daily, including wine pairings, and yet they were out of the Zweigelt recommended for the duck! The waiter suggested a wine to match the duck, which worked well, but at a much higher price. The Mas Champart Rose paired with the fries and whitefish was far too mild to be interesting. (Fries could use beer pairings!) The fries were good but we still regret not ordering the poutine with short rib gravy, which sounded more interesting. The mackerel had a strong bitter taste around the edge which I disliked. The choucroute contained a decent sausage and pork belly but also very dry chunks of what the waiter identified as pork loin. The duck was tasty but slightly overcooked. By far, the best dish was the whitefish sandwich, which was excellent!
For dessert, we tried the vanilla creme brulee with orange pecan shortbread and the chocolate parfait with chocolate tuile (both $6). The delicious chocolate parfait reminded me of a crunchy ice cream sandwich, and the creme brulee was well-made. The shortbread would have been better dunked in coffee, but the waiter didn't offer us any after-dinner drinks. Dinner for two including two 3 oz. tastings of wine each was under $100. I wonder if it's true that the food is better when Jamie is in the kitchen. For a casual wine bar, I would rate it 7.5 out of 10.
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