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RW: Jer-Ne at Ritz Carlton next to Loews Boston Common

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RW: Jer-Ne at Ritz Carlton next to Loews Boston Common

Spike! | Aug 26, 2004 07:02 PM

Appetizers were:
- shrimp risotto w/ cheese shavings on top
- salad w/ cheese shavings on top
- chilled cream of corn soup w/ basil and Maine crab and olive oil drizzled on the surface with little bits of herbs floating on top as an island

Entrees:
- vegetable pasta primavera
- salmon w/ dill sauce on top of spinach and fingerling potatoes
- roast beef rib eye w/ a weird flatted crouton cake and a sweet madeira sauce

Desserts:
- espresso pana cotta w/ rolled "cookie" sticks made out of chocolate
- creme brulee trio (regular w/ rasberries and strawberries on top, peanut w/ glazed peanuts on top, and chocolate w/ a cookie spoon dipped in chocolate and white chocolate shavings)
- angel cake

We didn't order the salad entree, but some people at other tables did...it looked like a nice big portion. We also didn't order the pasta primavera and didn't see it ordered by anyone when we were there. Ditto w/ the angel cake.

Jer-Ne (pronounced "journey") has a really cool atmosphere with a totally open kitchen. We sat next to it, so I spent too much time watching the cooks work. The place was a bit noisy and the tables were a bit too wide to have conversations over at the volume. Service was excellent and even the maitre'd helped serve people; they served women first, then men last, which I thought was interesting, but proper. All the dishes came out on time and water was served quickly. Don't bother getting soft drinks though; my ginger ale (sorry...I don't drink)-: had too much ice.

The shrimp risotto I had was excellent, almost rivalling Sage's. There was a significant amount of shrimp, although the portion was rather small, but probably right since it was an appetizer. I wish I could have had this as an entree w/ a nice piece of foccacia bread :-)

The cream of corn soup was very artistic and fresh tasting. The herbs looked like a little palm tree sitting on an island. The small pools of olive oil also gave the illusion that it was an island. My wife liked it.

Unfortunately, the entrees weren't as inspired as the appetizer and desserts, which is what I read in older reviews of Jer-Ne. The salmon I had could have been made more interesting by replacing the standard salmon dill sauce with wasabi aioli and the salmon was a bit overcooked. My wife liked her roast beef, especially the sauce; it reminded me of buffet roast beef, but was better. Again, nothing too inspired. Jer-Ne is supposedly an asian fusion restaurant, but we didn't see anything that would indicate that it is.

Dessert was excellent. The espresso panna cotta was nicely done and nicely presented w/ a swirl of chocolate on the plate and a piece of curled chocolate that you would swear is a cookie. The creme brulee that my wife had was my favorite, and I normally hate creme brulee. It was presented in a nice three sectioned dish as described above.

Portions were ok. Not tiny, but I'm glad I overate at lunch by mistake ;-)

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