Went to Jarnac on Saturday night and were very impressed. The food was solid French bistro fare. To start, we had the duck rillettes served with cornichons, pickled Onions and salad, grilled scallops marinated in olive oil and sumac, served with avocado and tomato salad, grilled asparagus with oven roasted beefsteak tomato & basil vinaigrette (I especially loved the scallops which were very tender and sweet on the inside and a bit spicy and savoury on the outside.)
For main course I had the the slow cooked leg of lamb over Israeli couscous (it was falling off the bone tended and mouthwatering), my mom had grilled Black Angus ribeye with arugula, parmesan and fried egg with white truffle oil (very nice, but not very exciting) and my dad and my husband both had the cassoulet with Great Northern beans, tomato and garlic (this dish was a real treat but the portion we thought was too big).
Dessert was a strawberry rhubarb crisp and cherry tart with vanilla ice cream (we loved the crisp, cherry tart was just OK).
With dinner we had their house red (a Carta Vieja 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile) which was very nice and reasonable ($20/ltr).
Service was very attentive and knowledgeable. The portions very generous. The owner was friendly and even the chef (a woman, which I thought was nice!) came out to talk to the guests.
We paid $220/4 people (excl. tip).
I would recommend Jarnac wholeheartedly. See link below.
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