Or however they spell that place in the new Ritz.
We had tickets to a show last night and unfortunately babysitter problems left us with not enough time for the dinner we had planned at Shabu Zen, so we decided to head to Troquet for drinks and apps, since it's right next to the Colonial. A nasty frigid walk later, we discovered the windows papered over. Very diappointing, as Boston is sorely lacking in restaurants with a good by-the-glass wine list.
We decided to try Teatro but it looked packed and we were pressed for time so we headed around the corner to Jer-Ne Bar.
It's a neat space, dark with cozy intmate tables but I wouldn't call it romantic, it was a bit too loud.
I had an apple cider martini ($12,ouch) and hubby had a regular martini. Both were fine, he didn't like mine.
We ordered a beef carpaccio appetizer ($12.50) which came with a Mustard Aioli, Parmesan Cheese and Arugula. I thought there was a bit too much aioli, it drowned out the taste of the very fine beef. Hubby liked it, and loved the texture of the beef, which just melted in our mouths.
We also ordered the Crispy Calamari ($9), which came with Marinara Sauce & Chipotle Mayonnaise. It was disappointing. The calamari was of good quality, but the breading was flavorless and the fryer wasn't hot enough or something- they were greasy. It tasted just like something you'd get along the boardwalk at the beach. Not horrible but not particularly good either.
We had a great server who did what he needed to do to hustle along and get us out within the short window of time that we had.