I came across the Jazzcat by accident one night out of curiosity and the appeal of smooth jazz tunes coming from within. Being an old jazzcat I thought perhaps this was the place for me.
I went in and quickly wondered if I made a mistake, why, this was not your typical jazz bar. In fact, this wasn't even a bar! The place was waay to brightly lit to be a jazz bar and the walls too dynamic filled with modern asian inspired art. I opened to menu, again, I was met with more contrast. Asian dumplings? Yum cha? Chinese tea??? These were things an old jazzcat like me were unaccustomed to. The smooth jazz however, made me stay and feel right at home.
So, I tried the tea. It was presented well and tasted fine. So far so good. I tried the gyozas, tasted good! I even sampled the Tom Yum Risotto and Salmon and have to say they were FANTASTIC. The food is a real fusion of asian and european dishes. People like to use the term 'fusion' loosely but Jazzcat for me really encapsulates it well. The salmon appeared to have been prepared like a lightly cooked Chinese fish in hot oil gave the fish a very consistent and moist taste. Not too cooked and not too dry - maybe a tad oily for some but then a salmon fillet is very naturally oily. The Japanese seaweed/endame (again not for everyone) accompanied the salmon exceptionally well for me. The vegetables not overcooked was a plus also. This is what fusion is all about for me and how it should be.
And the tom yum take on a classic seafood risotto? Brilliant! Makes your average creamy risotto taste like a pizza without cheese!! I couldn't fault the presentation nor the ingredients - the seafood was very good and tasted fresh.
It was whilst soaking up the atmosphere here and eating the main dishes that I eventually got the concept of Jazzcat and all it had to offer. In those split seconds I realised the often juxtaposed feeling you get there in the way everything appears to contrast in opposites. Lit up restaurant playing jazz, eating chinese gyoza at a place called 'Jazzcat', eating risotto 'tom yum' style. Things you normally don't expect to work, worked and so delicately put together it was near perfect.
If you're up for something different and no high expectations - try this place. But for me? I can't describe it but I get it, I get Jazzcat and Jazzcat gets me. I will be back.
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