Saturday, March 19, 2011

Final Taste

Jacqueline Suzanne Bistro
1219 9 Ave SE
Last entry for the 2011 Big Taste Event. Dinner at Jacqueline Suzanne Bistro in Inglewood. Stepping through the doors of the bistro, you get a feeling that you’ve travelled back to the early 1900s. You reach into your pocket and pull out your swanky new smartphone. No. Definitely did not travel back in time. Really amazing atmosphere nonetheless. From the original pressed tin fourteen foot ceiling to the rustic furniture and decor that is surely not purchased from ikea, each item has its own unique story to tell. Love it? You can put in an offer, it might look well with your Piero Lissoni sofa. Maybe... 
Featuring a $25 lunch and $35 dinner menu, Jacqueline Suzanne's Bistro offers a wide variety of dishes for each course. Three delicious choices of appetizers were available; soup, ravioli or salad. Everyone except Steve chose the ravioli (such a non conformist). Stuffed with butternut squash, the ravioli was topped with a brown butter sage cream sauce and pieces of candied yam. A little sweet to the taste which kind of caught me by surprise but it was pretty good overall.

Main course featured a choice of prime rib, chicken, basa fish and lamb rack. To be different from the group, I decided to go with the New Zealand lamb rack. Served over a medley of vegetables and roasted potatoes, the lamb rack was super tender and didn't have an overpowering gamey taste. Maybe it was the port reduction. It was really good overall. The meat to bone ratio on the lamb rack was decent. The roasted vegetables were crisp unlike some other places that I've been to. I wasn't a huge fan of the way the purple cabbage was cooked. Just not my style.

For my dessert, I had the baked apple. What's a baked apple you ask; think apple pie, but without the pie part. Or an apple crumble I guess. Yeah. AMAZING! Taking a cross section of the ramekin would reveal the following sequence of tasty ingredients; ice cream, crispy oats, apples, apples and more apples. So good.

Here’s what I thought of it in numerical form:
Atmosphere: 7 out of 10. Nice relaxing atmosphere. A classy historic feel. Although it did feel a little crowded at times.
Food: 7 out of 10. Good food. The baked apple was DEliciOUS! Om nom nom nom.
Presentation: 7 out of 10. Some looked better than others. Alana’s ravioli swished back and forth on the plate as it was carried out.
Price: 7 out of 10. Decently priced. 
Service: 8 out of 10. Friendly and helpful staff. Attentive service. 
Overall: 7 out of 10. A steaming DeLorean parked out front would complete the vintage look.

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