Chez Jerome sweeps across an expansive GK 1 top floor with nonchalant strokes of Van Gogh, lavender and reds. The menu promises Chef Jerome’s take on many French classics and an Indo-Asian section featuring 'Le Paneer Frit Aux Poivrons', which must be the sexiest way to say 'Fried Chilly Paneer'. Much to my dismay, he was not cooking my Sunday lunch. 'Escargots a la Bourguignonne' presented a dozen shelled snails, juicy like gummy bears, in a bowl of warm herb-garlic butter which I sponged committedly with table bread. The next plate of 'Terrine de Canard' was served with sliced gherkins and lettuce. Biscuit-sized squares of forcemeat, without an aspic, didn’t quite register much excitement on my palate. Marget De Canard A’la Orange Et Au Miel arrived with glamour and took much longer to leave. Slices of duck supremes, tough & chewy, covered in an orange sauce, without a tincture of oranginess, resting against baked potatoes, broccoli, carrots, peppers and a paintbrush stroke of beet. La Fameux Steak Tartare was served in full earnest: 'Ground Beef', with an Egg Yolk in shell and an array of condiments.
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