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The food was very good and for the most part true to its french name, but the service really stood out. I'd like to say, first off, that any restaurant that'll take a reservation for two these days, has already one a couple of points with me and the fact that our table was ready when we arrived won the place a couple of more. Admittedly, we were a bit early for dinner--6:30p--but I still appreciate the fact that when they take your reservation they honor it. And the service continued to be top-rate. Our waiter was knowledgeable, patient with our many questions and competent. No hovering, but always arriving in good time when we needed him.

My starter--rabbit pate--was fine, although not as flavorful as I'd have liked. The duck breast was wonderful, though, very rich and a good-sized portion. My friend enjoyed her coq au vin so much, she intentionally left some so she could take it home and share with her housemate. Can't say I left a crumb big enough for any Who's mouses. The desserts were very good, too, although not nearly as amazing or as large as other reviews had lead me to expect. Guess when I like my dessert, I want a lot of it, although this is not to imply that I left hungry and, in fact, may have been sorry if I'd eaten much more of anything.

I'm comfortable recommending Brasserie Jo to just about anyone, except a hard-core vegetarian and a vegan would starve. Sure there are a couple of things on the menu, but in typical french fashion, the best dishes are all about meat or fish or cheese.

Posted by demisec on 06/19/2003 at 3:37 PM

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