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Dinner at Jeanty's @ Jack's, less than stellar

Wendy Lai | Jun 17, 200211:31 AM

Saturday we went to Jeanty's at Jacks for my husband's birthday.

Given all the raves given to this place, we were slightly disappointed. Overall the services was slow, even though the waiter knew ahead of time we were trying to make curtin at the opera house, he did not move along the courses as one would expected.

First the good stuff. The foi gras pate was excellent. Smooth, flavorful, it melts in your mouth. Paired with an outstanding saturn (sp?) it was the perfect starter to our meal. Also good was the tomato soup with puff pastry. Rich and creamy, the balance between tartness and sweetness was achieved while showcasing the peak of the tomato season. The lemon meringue tart and chocolate mousse bulee were the winner of the desserts.

Now the disappointments. The much touted frisee salad with bacon vingarette was a totally failure. Both orders of the salad that came to the table were drenched in dressing. On the bottom of my bowl, a large pool of dressing gathered, I almost thought I was having soup. All the greens were wilted. And I guess because it was bacon, the whole thing was too salty. The monkfish with clams and aioli and saffron broth was also overly salty. I admit I ususally eat more bland at home, but this was ridiculous. This was my husband's dish, and he was able to stand it. If it was me, I probably would have to send it back.

Two people ordered the crepe suzette. I thought it would be a flaming-at-your-table kind of dessert. Instead it was a flat large round piece of crepe, with nothing else. Yes, the flavor was good, but to pay $7 for just crepe? I could have made that at home.

The interior was lovely, loved the bistro, European feel. Due to our celebratory mood, we still had a good time despite some of the downers.

I think I might cancel my Bistro Jeanty reservation in Napa next month and opt for something else...

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