Jack Bistro opened on University Place on Monday. It is
a small room, formerly Lemongrass Grill, decorated in the now standard French
bistro manner. There is a short menu of pretty typical American French bistro
fare and a wine list of about 40 offerings of white and 40 red, in the $30-$60
This was a first try trip, so Wife and I just popped in for a quick bite at the bar. For wine I chose a glass of what Tom, the congenial barman, described as a Rhone blend from Spain. Way overextracted and bomby, it mostly went undrunk.
For food we:
Split a Moules with
fennel cream sauce in the
appetizer size. It actually came after the other food, but that was ok because I
said we would take the dishes as they came. Although all the
mussels had opened a slight bit, the meats were not quite cooked to our
preferences so we sent them back for a couple more minutes in the pan. On there
second coming they were nice. The menu mentions that Monday is all-you-can-eat
We also ordered the Fondue. Called a “classic…Emmenthal fondue,” it somehow tasted strongly of green olives. I am not sure why or how, or even if it was intended or pleasing, but it was interesting. It was served in a small cast-iron pot over a tea light, and had yellow and green zucchini, grape tomatoes, carrots, and dry bread for dipping.
was our third choice for sampling. Certified Angus hamburger on Parker House roll,
salad, frites. If you want fries order them as a side in addition to
as this offers a scant serving. Same for the salad. The burger was served
medium rare, a feat in itself these days, and the cheese choices were cool,
Brie, Emmenthal, cheddar, bleu, and on, but this is not a special burger.
It is too close to my house, too early to judge, and pretty cheap by neighborhood standards, so I may go back again for a second look, but I won’t do it enthusiastically.