Before Jezebel got their liquor license, they were one of the best deals in town. The license was supposed to come in October. Then November. Then December. Although the delay clearly made the chef angry, we were delighted - a wonderful meal could easily be had for about $100 - a great price compared to Austin's other fine dining venues.
Well, the liquor license is finally here. Chef Parind is overjoyed, and I am sad. Jezebel has officially catapulted into the "very expensive" price range. But, you'll be happy to know that the wine list is quite good (we had a Lapostolle Sancerre that was excellent and a glass of Port that was divine) and is more or less reasonably priced (about 2-3 x markup).
Business seems to be picking up, as well. We arrived for dinner between 9:15 and 9:30, and the place was still packed.
Almost all of the old waistaff is gone - I feel like there must be a story there, but the one remaining person wasn't talking. The new waiters are doing a good job and seem friendly and professional. My one complaint is that the marinated olives and bread seemed to take forever to get to the table. This seems to happen every time we eat at Jezebel, and I wonder if the servers are instructed to wait until you've ordered dinner. We are incredibly slow choosers, and I need calories while I am perusing their rather large menu.
The food was good, too. We started with the lobster in thai red curry, one of my favorites. We then moved on to the crostini de fois gras, which was very good, (and would have been great if the foie had been seared), and an arugula salad with fresh berries, which came out perfectly dressed and was simple and delicious. Our waiter recommended the blue marlin for dinner. It was seared rare and excellent - the highlight of the meal. We ended with the delicious bananas foster, which was dusted with madras curry and cardamom.
All in all, it was a great dinner, but the new price tag has transformed the place from a no-brainer to one that requires careful consideration. If you didn't like the fact that it was BYOB before, however, you'll be pleased now. It *is* a place I would recommend putting on your list of places to try if you haven't yet.
Well we tried it for the second time, first since the liquor license, and it was different! They had a lovely wait staff that are all gone! (I was told that there was an issue of cash flow problems during the start up) The new staff is fine, but I am sorry to see the others go. We had several dishes that we had enjoyed in the past and they were good but were covered with the same sweet sauce that seemed more appropriate for ice cream. The lobster was just great and my wife loved it, it fortunately lacked the sweet sauce. The sauce bothers me because that usually is the sign of Chef Fatigue. Parind probably needs some help, he is definitely a micro manager and tries to do everything--that is just not possible and may slow down his growth. We were there on a week night with no reservation and there weren't many people there.
Yes, it is now quite expensive and in the $100.00 plus a head glass which is unfortunate, since I'm not sure that it can compete there. We had a nice night, but we probably won't go again!