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Ode to Jamie Kennedy

Dev | Sep 30, 2005 09:32 PM

My DH and I finally experienced Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar this evening. Wow!

We were amazed when we walked right up at 7 pm and they had seats available. (Thank goodness, as we had forgotten our cell phones!) This was obviously the magic hour on a Friday night. They started getting slammed at 8, so it pays to start early.

Since dishes come out as ready, I won't list in any particular order. I'm a vegetarian and my DH isn't, so he shared my dishes but I didn't share his. But it's definitely a sharing place. For savory dishes, we had:
mixed green salad -- the best salad I've ever had, it was sauced perfectly w/ thin radish slices and these small, crunchy, briny pieces of something we couldn't identify. yum!
chorizo poutine -- tonight's poutine was just perfect for my husband who loves chorizo and gruyere cheese; he raved and had trouble deciding b/w another order of the poutine or the dessert at the end
warm cherry tomato and goat cheese tart -- there is a reason that this is a staple on their menu. It was an outstanding dish of puff pastry base w/ melted cheese and cherry tomatoes. I'd try to recreate it at home, b/c I love to cook, but I know I'll never come close to the taste.
onion soup -- my husband loves French Onion Soup but is very picky. he was disappointed when he saw their version of onion soup that was different from the traditional, but raved when he tasted it
yukon gold fries w/ lemon and mayonnaise -- OMG. I've been craving fries for about a month but didn't have them while I was training for the waterfront marathon. They were absolutely outstanding -- the best fries I've ever had.

We started out w/ a half glass each of 2 whites, a Tocal Fruilano and a Gewurztramminer that our waitress recommended. We loved the latter so much that we had 2 more half glasses of it. Plus I had a glass of Poire Williams to finish off the night.

For dessert we shared the warm chocolate walnut tort with ganache and a peach mascarpone shortcake. The tort was great, and the shortcake w/ it's blend of preserved peaches and lightly sweetened mascarpone cream was orgasmic -- there's no other word to describe

And the service was outstanding. We sat at the wine bar side and our hostess was absolutely fantastic. My husband, who is not a foodie and would have been happy at home w/ a bowl of soup, was in awe of the meal. And all of that for about $130 w/ taxes AND tip, just slightly more than we paid for our disappointing meal at Monte Cristo last week. This was the best meal I've ever had, and I've dined at top restaurants around the U.S., all of the Mango Gang's restaurants (top 3 chefs in South Florida), Emeril's, etc. We're already working our schedule around when we can return. Yum!

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