We ate at Jasoom last night. Food was good. Prices elicited a very loud ouch! Jasoom occupies the space at 3210 S. Grand formerly held by La Petite Paris. La Petite closed some while ago, I suspect more over its prices than its food. The times we ate there we always found it enjoyabe but way over priced for what was on our plates and the service we received in getting it there. I'm afraid after our one experiecne last night Jasoom may be headed down the same path with respect to pricing.
Jasoom has done a very fine job redecorating the space. Nice bright yellow with B&W pictures around the wall and a nice view of the kitchen which I always enjoy. It had a very attentive and pleasing wait staff. Always good these days not to have someone regaling you with something along the lines of "Hi, may name is Bertha and I'll be your server tonight," or "Youse guys still workin' on that?" So room and staff get high marks.
I'm not quite sure what to say about the menu. My first thought is to say maybe upscale diner but that's probably not being quite fair. But I had meat loaf, mustard greens and mashed potatoes all of which was much above average but hardly worth the $14 price. In fact, when we first sat down and saw the prices we started to leave but decided to give it a go. Companion had what amounted to pasta primavera and announced it only average. Price was $15 I believe. We saw others ordering gumbo and that comes with a healthy tag of $15. We asked for a sample of gumbo which was provided. Nice spicy hotness that built up to a warm glow. Thick brown roux was not to my taste, however. I have to say that I make a pretty damn good gumbo myself and after having lived in NOLA and the Gulf Coast I'm fairly hard to please when it comes to gumbo. This one didn't pass muster with me but that is not to say it was bad, just not what I think of as the real McCoy.
So the recommendation after one visit is to give it a try but be sure to examine the menu posted on the window before sitting down. Ask yourself whether you can justify the prices for the food you are getting. I don't know maybe at my age I've entered that twilight zone where you look back fondly to fifty cent a gallon gas and 10 cent Cokes and think 14 bucks is a bit shocking for what used to be a blue plate special but, maybe not.
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