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Jeanty at Jack's (Long)

Liz | Dec 12, 200510:16 PM

We had dinner at Jeanty at Jack’s recently, and I thought I’d offer my opinion.

In short—the food is good, but it’s not my cup of tea. The room is beautiful. Service that night was great from the waiter, but spotty from everybody else.

The maitre d’hote was extremely accommodating. We initially accepted a ground floor seat, then after asking to see and preferring the first floor asked to be moved there and were graciously accommodated. Once there, we were aggravated by a party at the next table who made exceptionally loud and irritating anti-Semitic and political remarks. We explained the situation and asked to be re-seated downstairs and were again accommodated graciously. We noticed that many other parties who were initially seated there came downstairs to be re-seated. I think that once we had voiced our objections the restaurant should have stopped seating people there, or at least warned patrons of the situation discreety before seating them there.

We ordered the house red, which was very nice. The waiter kindly brought out a bottle so we could identify it as a Jaboulet Isnard Cotes de Ventoux.

For starters we ordered the tomato soup with puff-pastry shell, pike canelle with lobster sauce, and duck confit with croutons. The first two were exceptional. My favorite was the canelle. It was as light as a feather and delicious with the sauce (though I have to say, the sauce was exceptionally rich—which will be a recurring theme in this report.) I would have been happy without the puff pastry on the tomato soup, because it kept the soup so hot that once I waited a while, cut the pastry off, and tasted a spoonful of the soup, I burnt my tongue. The soup is great. I don’t know what makes it so good (and I can usually deconsruct a recipe pretty well) but I do know there was a significant amount of heavy cream involved. The confit didn’t make much of an impression on me, but that was likely due to the richness of the other appetizers. My husband enjoyed it immensely.

For mains I had the rack of lamb (special of the day) with gratin potatoes with ham, and roasted fall vegetables; my mother in law had the butter letutuce salad; and DH had the tournedos au poivre.

I thought my mother in law made the best choice of entrée, as hers was light and delicious while the others were delicious but excessively rich. The butter lettuce salad is enormous, by the way.

The lamb was excellent and the portion extremely generous. There were four frenched chops on the plate. I thought the inclusion of ham with the gratin potatoes would be kind of weird, and it was. A lighter and less intrusive starch side would have worked better with this entrée, IMO. The roasted winter vegetables were disappointing. While they were cut into perfect brunoise most of them were not cooked enough to bring out their best flavor.

The tournedos of beef were good but with a sauce that was excessively rich to my taste. My husband enjoyed them.

I ordered tea after dinner and it arrived in a pot that had melted candle wax in it.

Service from our waiter was great, but as for the rest it wasn’t better than OK for what I would expect from a restaurant in this price range The Maitre d’ repeatedly trying to seat people next to an obviously troublesome table was a problem, and we had to ask for water—sometimes we even had to drink one another’s water—as there was no-one available to ask for a refill.

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