|It was later on a Saturday evening and we sat at the bar.|
|Looks good. $13.50 not cheap but I'll do it. I *need* to do it!|
|Orange-frilled skewer and melted provolone.|
|I stupidly forgot to take a picture of it initially. I must have been hungry. He's 1/2 of it. :)|
|The salad, as a I mention below, was unruly but good.|
|The money shot indicates that the jus is not very dark. Although the taste of the jus was quite good, I want to personally see its color applied to the bread. Maybe just use blue food die? Could be fun...|
|Here we can see the onions some.|
Setting the StageJessica and I had gone to a political event and needed dinner afterwards. It was a Saturday night and we went to the "Bella Botega" area in Redmond. We like JJ Mahoney's and I had never formally reviewed their French dip. Jessica claims (can I really trust this woman?!) that I have had it before but I clearly had not formally reviewed it, so it was time.
One time (unrelated story) we went to JJ's with Jessica's parents before a James Bond movie. I had two gin martinis and slept through most of the movie. :) Must have been good gin martinis and sometimes action movies can indeed put me to sleep.
Raw Tasting Notes
- Was not overly impressed initially with the bread: it looks like a 2 to 2.5. Soft bread which is not my favorite type for a French dip.
- Meat: they claim "steak" and it looks more like roast beef, so I was not overly impressed. It was thin-sliced and medium to well.
- Non meat toppings: provolone cheese, grilled onions, cheese looks processed, Jessica liked the cheese. The onions were fine, overall, the non-meat toppings were indeed additive.
- Jus was nice tasting and gets a 3-4. It was light in color and not visible once dipped, which should make it lose points. We want to see the jus in action. No stealth jus!
- Overall this unit was size medium, salty, had good taste and gets a 3-4. It came with orange-frilled toothpick skewers and had some degree of black pepper taste.
- The side salad was good and fresh although the lettuce leaves looked unruly and maybe needed to be trimmed down to size for uniformity and presentation.
- Top recommendation to supplier: get a fancier cheese, harder bread, and try to get that beef into more of a medium-rare state.
ScoringBread 3. It was acceptable but shouldn't be so soft. I suppose soft bread makes for a tasty treat but for a French dip I really do prefer it to be more firm bread that softens when combined with the jus.
Meat 3. For claiming steak, this was not overly impressive. I had a roast beef dip yesterday at Lockspot (review to follow) and its meat was about the same.
Non-meat toppings 4. These are good and additive indeed. The onions were good. There was a slight black pepper flavor going on, which was nice. The cheese looked processed to me and made the sandwich seem cheap (the too-soft bread also did not make it seem overly fancy) but did add some flavor and Jessica liked itt.
Jus 4. Was good and I'll give it a 4.
Overall 4. I will give it a 4 because they have a pepper taste, cheese and onions standard and good jus. This thing is not out of the world but if you were incredibly drunk or high you would probably like it.