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j. t. baker's in greenwich (near albany)


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j. t. baker's in greenwich (near albany)

meg944 | Jan 11, 2009 02:52 PM

I wanted to encourage all and sundry to try out J.T. Baker's in Greenwich before they shut down at the end of this month. Chef Jason Baker is becoming chef de cuisine at Inn at Erlowest. We have thought about going for sometime but never made it, so Jack and I went last night. We had a 7 course tasting menu that was really imaginative and with many more hits than misses (some favorites: a "rabbit taster" with sous vide rabbit loin, rabbit liver and deep fried rabbit kidney with white chooclate emulsion and mushroom foam; sous vide duck breast medallions in korean bbq spice with a "bruleed" round of sweet potato; beet juice palate cleanser, and a mix of lamb shoulder, pork heart and beet.) The food was really tasty and really imaginative (dehydrated capers, peanut butter powder and puffed rice - so fun!) and the service was very personable and mostly carried out by his wife (and the pastry chef) Suzanne Baker. Prices seemed reasonable at $75 for a 7-course tasting menu, plus amuses, which was a lot of food. They make literally eerything in house but their ice cream. I had to give more than half my plate to Jack on at least three occasions simply because I was full. Wine list is limited but offers a good mid-range quality-to-price ratio. We were able to get wine pairings at about 1/2 glass per course for $5/person/course. One could pay less ordering by the glass or by the bottle, but the pairings were mostly done quite well. Ambiance is minimal - it's a storefront operation with a somewhat "zen" atmosphere. Still, we are hoping to make it back for the 11-course tasting meal before it's too late.

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