In my previous posts I have included Jacks Grill among the top restaurants in Edmonton (together with the Blue Pear and the Hardware Grill) - Based on our last few experiences I can no longer recommend Jacks. The menu has become pedestrian and the execution complacent at best.
My wife and I have been eating at Jacks Grill (on and off) since it opened in 1989 on Saddle Back Rd, when Peter Jackson would be in the kitchen and would make food that had no equal in Edmonton then ( I particularly miss his ravioli and other pastas) - It has been in slow decline to the day (last Saturday night) that the waiter had to apologize for having training issues in the kitchen and take 50% off the price for a dish that should have never left the kitchen (an oily rice paste that had more in common with refried beans than risotto- there was not an ounce left of texture in the tepid lump) - An additional explanation from the waiter was that the cooks sometime get lazy at the end of the evening (it was 9:30 pm). Memories of the last few visits came into focus, and we had to admit to ourselves that they had not been as good as we would like to remember them.
In hindsight we should have left when we saw that the menu had been dumbed down to the point where the main courses would do well at a high school prom dinner- (pasta with giant prawns and tenderloin- surf and turf?) and we did not have to agonize or negotiate over our choice of appetizers.
With a pedestrian menu and complacent execution, I am sorry to say that Jacks is now in my critical condition list.