Discover how Brooklyn Chef Patrick Connolly and his family find adventure with food | Watch the 3rd episode ›

Restaurants & Bars

Boston Area

New Back Bay Jae's

Share:

Restaurants & Bars 2

New Back Bay Jae's

MC Slim JB | Jan 6, 2005 08:57 AM

9lives' comment on the Stumped thread below prompted me to write a quick review of the new Jae's, in the spot formerly occupied by 711 Restaurant (which had been on my Restaurant Dead Pool list for a while; I have to say I cheered a little bit when that awful place closed).

A sleek-looking and pretty big basement space, a rich-looking redo of the previously hideously-tacky room. Two bars and a long sushi bar. I've now been for lunch a few times, and it remains what I remember Jae's to always be: slightly expensive, rather Westernized Pan-Asian, with the Korean dishes tending to stand out.

Maybe expensive is the wrong word: my issue is that Jae's serves Western-style, outsized portions. That $14 lunch Bento box would be better at 2/3 the price and 1/3 less food; it's too much for lunch. Also, the bulgoki in one box I got was sliced too thickly and served in oversized pieces. It was tough and chewy, difficult to eat with chopsticks.

The service and atmosphere are the best I've seen in a Jae's; it seems reasonably priced at lunch for a Back Bay place of this level of fanciness. I just wish it were a little more authentic, and a little more restrained on portion size, but this kind of Asian food seems to be their niche, and it least it's no P.F. Chang's.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound