Restaurants & Bars

Manhattan

jane report (long)

Share:

Restaurants & Bars 3

jane report (long)

redbecca | Jun 19, 2004 12:56 AM

After reading positive comments here, some friends and I tried out Jane for a late night dinner on Friday. It was a pleasant atmosphere, if a bit loud. The cocktails at $11/piece were mostly good, but expensive. ( we sent one back and they comped a different drink, so yes, very nice service).
The food I had was a flounder w/shrimp and pea risotto at $19.00. The fish on the outside was crispy and buttery - very nice, so perfectly seared! on the inside? i tend to prefer my fish a bit on the rarer side - I found this one a too dry. The risotto's texture was very nice, the shrimp were perfectly cooked, the tomatoes were delicious -- but all of it was way over-salted -and this was the factor that spoiled what otherwise was a nice dish.
I think pricey restaurants often oversalt -- I don't know what causes the loose salt shaker, but it's a serious bummer. ( When I worked in a high end restaurant, I used to joke that because the fish all had my sweat on it - no joke in a 130 degree kitchen when you're working a flame grill and hand arranging things in a haute cuisine manner - throwing salt around was really not a good idea. And in general, I'd say, risotto should NEVER be salted, because broth is salty enough as it is - and cheese, well...)
So, while I enjoyed the place, the service, and the general experience, I'd have to say that for a $50/person meal, one can do better (Jarnac came in at a comparable price tag for *much* better food, Spice Market, despite some hatred here, is also better, more inventive, and similarily priced, although the portions are smaller.)

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound