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Dinner at Jane Friday night


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Dinner at Jane Friday night

Caitlin Wheeler | Aug 20, 2001 02:08 PM

After wanting to try it since it opened, I finally ventured to Jane on Friday night. We arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation (my adorable fiance has a horrible job) and were asked to have a drink at the bar. The bar was very crowded, but we ordered their famous watermelon martini. I hate vodka and asked for it with gin, and my fiance and I tried both (he had the vodka) and agreed the gin version was better -- more refreshing and more complex. We had to wait for 15 minutes, but the staff was very apologetic -- apparently people were lingering at their tables. When we did get seated, the waiter was on hand immediately to ask if we wanted to order drinks.
We began with the foie gras appetizer, (my fi's idea, I think I'm finally converting him into a CH) a salad, and the fried clam appetizer. The foie gras was disappointing -- greasy, not buttery, and the membrane was too tough. It was too livery for my taste. The salad was a bit overdressed, but the clams were excellent -- served with a corn sauce, they were light and flavorful and not at all greasy.
For a main course I had the Halibut, served with shitake mushrooms and gnocchi, and my fi had hanger steak with gruyere puffs. The halibut was delicious -- with a crispy top and served with a lobster broth. The hanger steak was also very good, but the puffs were not the gougeres I had imagined -- more like cheese wontons, (still very good) and I didn't see the onion marmalade that had been promised with the dish.
We were very full, so skipped dessert in favor of eau de vie.

Overall, the meal was very good, but the restaurant was a bit too loud and crowded for our taste. (I can't imagine why people would go to Jane just to sit at the bar, but they seemed to, to the detriment of the tables near the bar.) It might be a lot better in a few more months when the "newness" has worn off. The food is almost as good as Five Points (in a very similar vein) but I like the atmosphere at FP better -- it feels like a more "grownup" restaurant.

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