last night, monday, was my birthday and we attempted to get 6 people into jkwb at about 7:45pm. my personal experience has shown me that the early half of the week generally works out quite well in getting a table but maybe that was because i've made a bit of a point of only having a party of 2 at any given time.
needless to say we were told the wait would be 1 hour and so we had to make alternate plans as i couldn't wait that long.
to bymark it was!
my previous experience at bymark was for summerlicious. while the portions were tiny i was absolutely impressed with the high quality of the food (not necessarily presentation and style, but the actual food itself. the sushi quality tuna was the best quality tuna i have ever had) and the service! our waiter was fabulous.
this time around we were there for a full meal and while the service was a touch dodgy compared to last time it was great. realistically the service was good, but our waitress definitely seemed a bit new as she was a bit inconsistent but nice.
the food was great! started with the cured meats and terrine (rabbit and foie gras). it could have used a touch of spice to give it more depth but delicious nonetheless. the toast points had a delightful fruitiness to them and the cure meats were good. another person had the lobster 'poutine' which surprisingly didn't come with frites style fries and just a bit of lobster but with a great aioli. i had the lobster and oxtail ravioli... delicious! lobster cooked pefectly, oxtail amazingly moist and tender with great brown butter and lobster truffle sauces that were perfect accompaniaments. another friend had the bymark burger and found it delicious, although i think it is still difficult to jsutify a $40 burger in anyone's mind. the venison, veal, lamb and surf and turf were equally as good i am told.
we finished off with some creme brulees (great sugar crust and nice smooth inside) and a birthday chocolate torte for me. this is where my only complaint comes in.... considering how much we ended up spending and that it was a special occassion. i'm slightly appalled that they charged us for my birthday dessert when my dining companions weren't even able to decide what i was to have for my dessert. all they did was a little writing on the plate and a candle.
maybe that's just me.
anyhow, not everyone had apps or dessert or wine, but we totalled about $550 before tip between 6 people and were more than satisfied.