We recently visited JSW on a Groupon 7 course taster menu with paired wine and found this a truly exceptional luch. We had checked out the reviews on TA prior to our visit and were a little apprehensive as we thought that the restaurant may have been a little pretentious.
Our fears were unfounded however there was a table of four sitting adjacent to us that couldn't help name dropping throughout their meal. As an example they must have been to every michelin star or 2 star restaurant in the surrounding areas...?!
That aside this was truly a memorable experience.
We noted that the two young waiting staff were inexperienced but provided excellent service throughout our meal. We later checked out the JSW website and noted they were looking for apprentices. We have both worked in the catering industry and thought this would be a great introduction for these young apprentices.
The French sommelier (Jeremy......yes Jeremy) was a true professional. He had great depth of knowledge with regards to the courses and associated wines. He also had a certain charm and personality that made this a real experience. We later discovered that he bought all of the wine for the restaurant and matched the selected wines to the taster menus.
We are not backward in coming forward and were keen to know more about the wines we were having with our courses and Jeremey gave us an excellent summary of the wines and why he selected them for each course. We enjoyed the wines so much we purchased a mixed case prior to departing.
With regards to the food we had the following:
Course 1 - Watermelon Gazpacho with Crab Mayonnaise
Course 2 - Scallops with Cauliflower
Course 3 - Roasted Duck with Orange & Chicory Tart
Course 4 - Texture of Pork with Summer Vegetables
Course 5 - Texture of Lamb with Shallot Puree
Course 6 - Peach & Elderflower Bellini
Course 7 - Yogurt & Chocolate Ganache with Granola
We have tried a number of taster menu's but this was truly exceptional. I could go on about how great every course was but its easier to summarise in that my girlfriend said she would happily marry the Chef!