Jadis, located in the Lower East Side, is more of a wine bar than a restaurant but its intimacy and ambiance makes it a great place to spend a couple of hours. The boyfriend and I arrived around 6pm and were seated immediately. Their chairs are kind of awkward because they’re more stools than chairs. Tip: Jardis might not be for you if you need a little bit of back support!
We decided to order a bunch of appetizers to share since we weren’t extremely hungry (I made us these amazing Italian quesadillas for lunch). We immediately knew we were going to get their Scallops Wrapped in Bacon ($8) because we’re both big fans of bacon. I’m actually not a big fan of scallops but these were so good that we ended up ordering another plate of these later on in the night. The scallops were not overcooked and almost melted with each bite. Each dish comes with a bed of mixed greens tossed in sherry vinaigrette, which the boyfriend and I both gobbled up.
Next up is the Mac and Cheese Tartelettes ($6), which were very cute. The mac and cheese was very creamy. My only complaint with these was the crust. It was a bit thick compared to the light creaminess of the mac and cheese. If it were just a bit lighter, it would’ve been perfect.
After that, came the Mushroom Truffle Risotto Puffs ($6), which were amazing! The crust was so soft that it practically melted in your mouth. The stuffing was very creamy and you can definitely taste the truffle. After I finished my share, I kind of wished that there were more!
We also ordered their Mini Quiches ($6) since we didn’t want a whole big one. I’ve never had quiche before so I have nothing to compare this to. It was small and crunchy. The filling had a leeky taste so I guessed that they were the mini versions of their Poireaux quiche, which is leek with Gruyere cheese. I’m not usually a fan of leeks, but this was the exception.
After those four dishes, we decided to order two more dishes – one more order of Scallops Wrapped in Bacon and one order of Crab Cakes ($6). Their tar tar sauce was the highlight of the dish. I really liked it. It had hints of mayo and cheese, which are two of my favorite condiments. I even dipped some of the scallops in the tar tar sauce cause it was that good.
The service was good so I have no complaints about it. Our water glasses were always full and our waitress stopped by to see how things were going mid-meal. When I was at the register to break up my money, she asked if it was our first time at Jadis. I found this pretty interesting because it gave me the impression that this particular restaurant is very neighborhood centered. I love restaurants that know all their frequent customers by name since it gives off the feeling that their home is your home.