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jarnac review (long)

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jarnac review (long)

redbecca | Jan 18, 2004 09:23 AM

A while back I asked for recs. on a birthday dinner choice (I'm the one with the 95 year old grandmother) and I didn't take the suggestions people made, but went instead to Jarnac - mmm good. Some of the hits of the night were: striped sea bass (in a big mound in the center of the plate with some incredibly aromatic sauce and vegetables), Cassoulet of duck,sausage and something else, lamb shank in a quasi-mole sauce, wild salmon in tomato broth (Wow!), and monkfish with shellfish and saffron broth. The scallops in this dish, which were still in their shells were amazingly good: sweet, buttery.
The appetizers: grilled shrimp on arugula with feta cheese and blood oranges - The shrimp were perfectly cooked and the flavor combination unusual and good. Octopus salad: again,perfectly cooked, great flavors. Probably the best of the appetizers, there was a bean soup that was pronounced delicious by those who ate it but I didn't get a chance to sample it.
dessert, I had the cheese coures (with a candle!) Instead of bread, the cheese was served on top of steamed yukon gold potatoes. Other desserts: chocolate cake with gelato from il laboratorio de gelato, apple crumble w/creme anglaise that tasted (in a good way) like a liquified marshmellow. I think it was about $50.00 per head w/wine, tips, etc. The service was very friendly. We were running late for reservation (for ten in a small restaurant) and I called ahead because I was worried and the host said "don't worry sweetie, we've seated some of your party already," and then gave me directions. Those who had the $30.00 prix fixe enjoyed their dinners as much as everyone else did.

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