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JP Chicago

sienne | May 8, 2005 12:19 AM

After having read several positive reviews, I found JP to be a disappointment. We were kept waiting for our table and we had to ask first for bread, then for butter. The best part of the meal were the appetizers -- the frissee salad and calamari. However, our waiter was not particularly knowledgeble about the menu, somehow thinking that the frisee salad was made with endive. The sauce on the roast chicken entree was overly salty and came with spinach, rather than the mashed potatoes as promised on the menu. The lamb chops were ordered medium rare and were, instead, medium (at best) and were tepid. The lamb needed some sort of sauce since the lemon and 'e.v.o.o' were noticably absent. The bread, when it finally arrived, would be an embarrassment at even the most humble French bistro. We didn't order dessert, in part because the options were not interesting and also because the busboy managed to poke one of us with a knife as he was clearing the table. At best, JP is a C+. Given the high level of noise, the background music was excessive making conversation across the table difficult. It was also a bit perplexing that by 8:00 on a Saturday they had managed to run out of two entrees choices. They really need to work the kinks out.

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