Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
I went to Jeffrey’s
last night. Dinner was okay, but not exceptional. The first thing that I noticed was that the blackboard menu is gone. Now, it has been awhile since I last went to Jeffrey’s and the last time I was there was with a large group that ate in the back room, but I missed the blackboard. I think that Jeffrey’s was the first place that I ever saw a blackboard menu, and its changing selection of fresh items always made Jeffrey’s seem like an exceptional place.
The menu, though, was disappointing. I settled on the tuna, which was good but not really anything special. Other people at the table had the lamb and Kobe beef. Both tasted good, but neither looked very appealing. We started with an appetizer of oysters on barbecue potato chips. The lightly fried oysters were excellent, but the first thing that hit you was the barbecue potato chip smell. There was one green salad on the menu, and it looked and tasted like something from Chili’s
The wine menu was extensive, and we had a very nice bottle of chateauneuf-du-pape. The sommelier also seemed to be very well informed, even though, he made me think that I had been going to Jeffrey’s since before he or anyone else on the wait staff was born. We also had very nice drinks in the bar before hand.
They had a curious and disappointing dessert menu. The menu was about 12 inches long with two columns, but only included about two inches of desserts. The rest of the space was filled with after dinner drinks. The dessert choices were so unremarkable, that we left without ordering any dessert or coffee.
It is a good thing that we have so many choices for fine dining. For an exceptional dining experience, we have Wink
, and for dependable quality there is Vespaio