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.
Nicely flaky en croute top. Creamy hot soup within. For Cream of Tomato, this soup was lovely. On the richer side but still thin.
Nicely breaded and a fresh sauce of favas and white corn. The flaw was too much salt.
Nicely made but Jack doesn’t need to have it again soon.
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.
Nice livery flavor and very smooth. Somehow the bread wasn’t as I expected – perhaps the holiday?
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.
Served in a frozen lemon (ours had a sizeable blemish on it). The sorbet was sweet and very lemony - and not that interesting.
A good cup of coffee. Strong but not bitter.
Corkage is $25 - we brought a 2002 Valentini Cerasoulo, perhaps the world's top rosé wine. It was wonderful.
You may notice that we do not give out a lot of praise. Having been to so many high-quality restaurants, it's pretty tough to impress us.
Most of our reviews are based on just one visit. We neither have the time nor the money (or often, the inclination) to visit most restaurants multiple times. So, please keep in mind that a single-visit review is a snapshot - the restaurant may be "on it" that day - or not. If the meal has a calamity involved (foreign objects in the food, wine poured on us, etc.) we try not to let it shade the overall review.
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