Restaurant Review - Sept. 24, 2007 - Joanne

Jeanty at Jack's
Jeanty at Jacks

July 4, 2007 – Lunch

We like French-style bistros, so Jeanty at Jacks is not a hard sell. We have been before and also many times to Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, but not in the recent past.

This visit, the food was good, overall. But I thought, despite fresh touches of perfect watercress and flaky pastry atop the soup, that the solid nature of a menu that doesn’t change much also dampens the potential of kitchen brilliance. The lunch we enjoyed was just that – enjoyable but there were a few flaws we noted.

The waiter was conversant with the menu and handled the service well. The ambiance is old-fashioned and bistro-like. We sat downstairs in the sunny window.

Tomato Soup en Croute
Tomato Soup
Nicely flaky en croute top. Creamy hot soup within. For Cream of Tomato, this soup was lovely. On the richer side but still thin.

Sweetbreads
Sweetbreads
Nicely breaded and a fresh sauce of favas and white corn. The flaw was too much salt.

Cassoulet at Jeanty at Jacks
Cassoulet
Nicely made but Jack doesn’t need to have it again soon.

Entrecote Grillee at Jeanty at Jack's
Entrecôte grillée
A favorite of Joanne’s, this nicely cooked flat steak doesn’t disappoint. Tender with a peppery seasoning, sprigs of fresh watercress and a lovely béarnaise sauce the elements mesh for pleasurable eating. The Frites were crispy and as expected. Very good.

Foie Blonde at Jeanty at Jack's
Foie Blonde
Nice livery flavor and very smooth. Somehow the bread wasn’t as I expected – perhaps the holiday?

Crepe Suzette
Crepe Suzette
Huge disappointment – this is a favorite of mine and today it was on the tougher and lackluster side of good. Edible but not what it can be.

Lemon Sorbet at Jeanty at Jack's
Lemon Sorbet
Served in a frozen lemon (ours had a sizeable blemish on it). The sorbet was sweet and very lemony - and not that interesting.

Coffee
A good cup of coffee. Strong but not bitter.
Interior at Jeanty at Jack's


Menu at Jeanty at Jack's

DessertMenu at Jeanty at Jack's


2002 Valentini Cerasoulo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Corkage is $25 - we brought a 2002 Valentini Cerasoulo, perhaps the world's top rosé wine. It was wonderful.




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