Four of us went to Chez Jacques today for a birthday lunch. We had a very pleasant lunch. Arriving just past noon we found the front dining room nearly empty on a Tuesday, which we found surprising, but nice for a long relaxing lunch. The room was nicely decorated in bistro style. The staff was quite friendly and attended to us fine, but again, they were not busy.
We started with the Champignons Farcis (stuffed mushrooms with spinach, feta cheese and garlic). We received a plate with 4 mushrooms about 1-1/2 to 2" each. I don't know what they put on them for a sauce, but they were probably the best stuffed mushrooms I have ever had, and definitely the highlight of the meal.
I only had the Onion Soup Granitee as I make a fantastic French onion soup at home and figured this would fill me up. It was good, but the soup flavor was not as good as mine. I didn't really like the flavor of their French bread (I tried a piece from one of our party). This I believe was the same bread in the soup, so it did not add a good flavor to the soup. The cheese seemed to be in one big lump under the thin French bread slices in the soup. I almost choked on it even though I tried very hard to cut it into smaller pieces. I much prefer two cheeses toasted on the top to give them extra flavor and be easier to divide into the soup. Not impressed.
One sister-in-law had ham and cheese crepes. She received a very long plate with two huge crepes on it, so she shared about 1/5 of one with me. The crepe had a very unusual flavor. It took me a few minutes to place it, then I realized it tasted like krumkake, a Norwegian waffle cookie made of flour, butter, eggs, sugar, cream and dusted with powdered sugar. While this would probably make a very tasty dessert crepe, the flavor was totally inappropriate for ham and cheese. It was OK, but definitely not good.
Another sister-in-law had an egg, ham, and cheese Croissant Sandwich. She said the croissant was a good typical croissant and she was pleased with her meal.
The last of our party had a Beet Salad with Walnuts and Roquefort. She loves it, as it is her usual when she eats here.
If you go out frequently and are not in search of the perfect meal, I would say this is a nice place to try. If you are looking for perfect French cuisine, go elsewhere.