Catch Ups and Dinner Dates at Jean Jacques, Soho

 

After spending a year in France eating all the French food, it’s something that I’ve really come to appreciate back home in London. Which meant that when Honey, from The Girl Next Shore, suggested that Andrea and I should join her at the newly opened Jean Jacques in Soho, I jumped at the chance a little too quickly!

Jean Jacques Soho

I hadn’t seen Honey and Andrea since we were all at Pizza Pilgrims a couple of months ago so I was really looking forward to hear how both of these lovely ladies were getting on and what they’ve been up to.
We started our evening as all good evenings start: with a delicious cocktail from the great cocktail bar, lots of catching up and some blog talk.

 

Jean Jacques Soho
In fact, there was quite a lot of talking to be done, as the waiter had to come back three times before we were finally ready to order!
Honey started with the crab salad, which was by far the winner of our starter options. The portion was very generous, stuffed with delicious crab meat and was seasoned very well. Portion wise, if you were looking for a light dinner then I would order this and a side dish or two, but if you’re hungry then it makes a great, generous starter.
In fact, I was more than a little envious of her choice!
Jean Jacques Soho
Chicken liver paté is one of, it not the, best starters in my opinion, especially when it’s served with caramelised red onion chutney and brioche bread so I was very excited when I saw this classic French starter on the menu. Unforunately, it wasn’t as good as I had hoped, as the paté itself was a little too wet and unseasoned and the brioche was very dry.
Jean Jacques Soho
Andrea plumped for the scallops, served with salsa verde, tomato and olive fondue…
Jean Jacques Soho
…which I also ordered for my main course, but as a slightly larger portion. The scallops themselves were cooked to perfection and so were beautifully tender, and I really enjoyed the salsa verde. Unfortunately, the fondue was too sweet for our tastes which we all thought let the dish down slightly.
Jean Jacques Soho
I love steak tartar, and was debating ordering it myself when Andrea voiced that she was ordering it: it’s okay, I could still have the other dishes I wanted and have a taste of the tartar!
Turns out, I should have ordered the tartar. Does anyone else ever find they have meals where the food envy is just too much? I was having one of those nights.
Jean Jacques Soho

 

Delicious, tender meat that was really well seasoned and served with French bread. It was a great main course (and is also available as a starter).

 

Jean Jacques Soho

 

But if we were awarding prizes for the best chosen main course of the evening, I have to say I think Honey would have won with this delicious duck breast, cooked with a honey and rosemary glaze and served with baby carrots and Swiss chard.
The meat was could perfectly rare which meant it retained all of its natural flavour as well as absorbing the flavours from the glaze.

 

Jean Jacques Soho

 

Andrea’s steak tartar was served with fries and I ordered a second portion for us all to share. Now these were too good (I ate too many, ooops): crunchy on the outside with a soft, piping hot centre.

 

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And finally, to make sure that we had our fair share of sides and vegetables, we opted for the tomato and red onion salad. Although a very simple dish, the flavours were excellent and we all polished this plate until it was well and truly finished!

 

Jean Jacques Soho

 

There’s always room for pudding, right? Okay, well we might have been absolutely stuffed, but we felt the need to at least try the puddings!
Jean Jacques Soho
The first dessert we shared was the apple tart tatin: a real favourite of mine. Though the thin apple slices themselves were full of flavour, the pastry was very dry, which sadly overshadowed the rest of the dish.
Jean Jacques Soho
I don’t think any of us can really say no to a chocolate fondant, so that was the clear winner when it came to choosing a second dessert. It ooooozed just as deliciously as you would like, and just like those at Bob Bob Ricard and that glorious fondant at La Sultana, but it was very rich. I mean, we are three serious chocolate lovers and we couldn’t polish this one off!
Jean Jacques Soho

 

Soho is bursting with great food options, and now that Jean Jacques is around there’s even more going on. If you’re a Francophile or are just looking to take a trip to France without crossing the channel, Jean Jacques is a well priced French restaurant in the area.
It’s always great meeting up with other bloggers, especially these lovely ladies, so I’m already looking forward to our next dinner!

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We were guest of the restaurant and only paid for our alcohol. 

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