I went to Jump tonight for Winterlicious with 3 other friends, the reservation was for 9pm, wanted earlier but that's the only time I could get on a Saturday.
When we got there we waited for about 5 minutes, they promptly checked our coats and were seated. The place was very crowded, but had a very upscale modern feel and the seating was quite private.
We ordered a bottle of red wine, a very nice Australian Merlot, which was delivered very promptly and the waiter was very friendly, the only thing was the person who opened our wine was different from the waiter and the bottle of wine disappeared from the table and we had to ask for it back!
Three of us had the grilled calamari with anchovies, capers, black olives and it was very good with decent portion. Our friend's Caesar salad was very fresh and she enjoyed it.
All of us had the braised beef ribs with roasted sweet potatoes and as the waiter suggested it was very tender and melt in your mouth good. As for portion size it was decent, although I could have had another portion!
We all had Chocolate and Expresso Cheesecake, it was a small portion but because it was so rich, it was appropriate.
The service was good, not great, I think mostly because they were so busy. However, our waiter was nice and asked us between the entree and dessert whether we wanted some time before he served dessert, which was considerate. The noise level was moderately loud but not so loud that we couldn't hear each other talk.
As for the prices, looking at the menu, the entrees on the regular menu ran in the 20's so I would say that we got a pretty good deal. I saw a couple of non-Winterlicious entrees and they were similar in portion size to ours. This is particularly relevant as I have heard that some restaurants skimp on portion size and quality during this time and it wasn't the case. I also liked the fact that they had a separate Winterlicious menu with separate recommended wine list specific to the menu.
All in all, I would give the service a 7 out of 10, the atmosphere a 9 out of 10 and the meal an 8.5 out of 10. Would consider going back. This is only my second time at a "Licious", last summer I went to Fred's Not Here, and I liked the meal slightly better, they gave you more choice and more food, the service was similar but the atmosphere at Jump was much nicer. Had a great time though, with great company with me!
Interested to see other Oliver Bonacini restaurant reviews for Winterlicious.
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