As I was tidying some papers, I came across a menu from Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, where I took my partner for a birthday dinner a couple of months ago. Following are my impressions from the evening, my first at JKWB.
We entered the space on a weekday evening for dinner. We went for dinner a tad earlier than we would normally, perhaps 6:30 or 7:00, owing to the lack of reservations at JKWB. We were impressed by the space and the hostess, who directed us to two open seats at the wine bar. We asked for some water, and began perusing the wine list and menu.
For wine, we opted for a relatively inexpensive bottle of Clos Mimi Syrah. The bartender assured us it was versatile enough to be enjoyed with the varied menu that evening.
For food, we opted to share (of course) a few dishes. I'll tackle each one separately.
Beef Brisket Poutine
I was rather excited about the prospect of JK's poutine of the evening. Sadly, I was disappointed. The fries were great, but the dish itself was far too salty, and lacked good flavour. The brisket's texture was good though. I wouldn't order this dish again
Potato Pancake with Apple Chutney
The pancake was great, and became amazing when sampled with the chutney. I would definitely give this another try. It was a fairly heavy dish though.
Chickpea Crepe with Mushrooms
I can't remember liking or disliking this dish, so I'm supposing that it wasn't terrible nor terrific.
Miso-Marinated Black Cod with Mushroom Consommé
This was definitely the best choice of the evening. The cod was cooked to perfection, and the marinade and consommé were packed with amazing subtle flavour. Baby bok choy accompanied this dish, and soaked up the consommé nicely. I would definitely have this again, and am thinking about heading back to JKWB for this alone.
Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake
The cheesecake was a nice finish to the meal. It was a tad dry for my liking. I actually make my own version of this cheesecake, and it's much smoother and more moist. I guess I just prefer my own over the pastry chef's. I'd skip it for another dessert next time.
All in all, the experience was a good one. Though, without the cod dish, I wouldn't know what all the fuss was about. Next time, I'll take the fries on their own if I'm not brave enough for the poutine. A side note, a nearby diner ordered a pork empanada which looked fabulous.
The service was friendly throughout, though not so attentive that we were stifled by the attention. They let us enjoy our evening at our pace, which was quite nice.
Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar
9 Church Street