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Jaspers is now open in the Domain

For those of you in north Austin, Jaspers is now open in the Domain. Two folks I work with went there for lunch yesterday and both had the 'Kobe' Burger for $15.00 (not real Kobe beef, but they still charge $4.00 more than for their regular buger, which was $11.00) .

They both enoyed it.

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  1. So, did they ask why, if it's not "real" Kobe beef, they charged $4 more?

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    1. re: amysuehere

      I asked the same thing ... it is supposedly the same quality as Kobe but can't be called Kobe because it is not from Japan.

      1. re: judiftx1

        Wagyu (sp?) is the American Variety of Kobe beef. It is the same breed of cattle that produces Kobe beef and the same techniques are used to raise wagyu beef (as Kobe)

        Hope that clears that up

      2. re: amysuehere

        Why would anyone want to eat a burger of Kobe or Wagyu beef? It's just wrong grinding that meat into a beef patty.

      3. We went this week and it was SO good. Went for lunch and had the potato chips with Maytag blue cheese.. OMG... it was freaking amazing! Great service (Jim!) and food. We will definately be back!

        1. Went last night for the first time - here's some thoughts/observations:
          1) This place absolutely screams "Dallas", which I guess makes sense since it a) started in Dallas, and b) is located in the Domain. But, just like we used to say Cool River was in "far south Dallas", Jasper's is as well.
          2) Billing themselves as "Gourmet Backyard Cuisine" - they seem to be a more upscale version of Moonshine or El Gringo.

          Regarding the food - I found it to be near-hit and miss. To start things off, my wife and I split the standard house salad, which was good - decent sized (enough for both of us), with pecans and blue cheese. The shallot vinagrette dressing was too vinegary in my opinion, but not to the point where I thought it was bad. However, at $9 for the salad, it's overpriced.

          My wife ordered the Shrimp & Pork Tenderloin Brochette and I went with the Hickory Grilled Flat Iron Steak. First the good: I enjoyed the steak - it wasn't the best I've ever had, but it was good. It was cooked to a medium/medium-rare (which is how I ordered it), and had a definite mild hickory flavor. It was tender, sliced and placed over a spinach-mushroom dish with a (I think) mushroom gravy/sauce. Per the menu, it was supposed to come with scalloped potatoes, but I was served the spinach instead. I didn't mind, since I like spinach and felt it was a healther option - but I was surprised that the wrong side was provided. For $27, though, I've had just as good meals elsewhere for less.

          The brochettes, on the other hand, were disappointing. Shrimp & pieces of pork tenderloin were skewered, grilled and served on a bed of a flavored fried rice. Despite the citrus glaze, the meat was suprisingly flavorless. Additionally, the pork was close to being undercooked. I think the tenderloin would have benefitted from being brined or marinated for a while - as it just really lacked flavor (and wasn't that tender). The rice, however, was pretty good - in fact that was the one part my wife finished off.

          Service was adequate - everything came out on time and together. The manager did come by to check in on us, and the waitress did seem to know the menu, even if I don't think she was originally hired for her waiting skills.

          We ate outside on their patio, which was nice. I did walk around inside and found the place to be visually very modern, but still with lots of wood and subdued colors.

          This is the kind of place that I would go to agin if we were getting together with friends, and the group wanted go here. I liked what I had well enough to eat there again. However, if asked, it wouldn't be the first place I would recommend, and I don't think the food was worth the price.

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          1. re: Ken W

            Your comment about Jasper's being in far south Dallas made me laugh. Having lived in Dallas, I know exactly what you meant.

            Sorry to hear your experience was mediocre. I enjoyed Jasper's in Dallas very much but I notice that you did not eat any of the dishes I regulary ate. Actually, I have never tried any of the things you ate...I wonder if the menu is different?
            If you find yourself there again, I recommend the gouda mac & cz, pork tenderloin with bourbon creamed corn, and the cherry limeade pie.

            1. re: Honey Bee

              I ate dinner at Jasper's about two weeks ago and also had the flat iron steak. I had it cooked medium rare on the advice of the waiter (never ever had that cut before). It came out perfectly cooked and flavorful.

              Mine came with the scalloped potatoes and also haricot verts with some kind of yummy blueberry-balsamic demi-glaze. I thought the potatoes were okay, but not something I'd order purposely as a side. They were lacking something...maybe too much potato and not enough cheese sauce.

              My companion had the prime rib. He thought the meat was excellent but was a little underwhelmed by the baked potato. His plate looked really off-balance: one HUGE cut of meat and one teeny baked potato. If he was on the Adkin's diet, this might've been perfect, but all that meat made for a really strange presentation.

              We had a dessert trio with the fruit buckle, the cherry limeade pie, and the rocky road sandwich. My companion and I both agreed that the fruit buckle and cherry limeade pie were excellent, but the rocky road pie was a bit boring--ice cream sandwiched between chocolate cookies with caramel sauce...we didn't finish that one.

              The ambience is nice, even though we were tucked away in a back corner while several more choice tables were still open in the middle of the restaurant. I had a feeling our seating arrangement was based on how we were dressed; we both work in ultra-casual offices (t-shirt and shorts casual) and met up after work to eat. Our waiter was extremely attentive though and definitely had a very good grasp of the menu.

              1. re: Honey Bee

                I forgot about the Gouda Mac & Cheese - the couple we were dining with ordered that and we all shared. It was very good - rich, creamy, nice firm noodles - the gouda gave it a bit of pungency. I would get that again.

            2. Today the same 2 guys came back raving about the baby back ribs ...said they were the best they have had in many years ..now I am tempted. They serve 1/2 rack at lunch for around $13.00 ....

              1. We started our night with classic martinis which arrived exactly as we ordered them and very cold. Our shrimp and pork tend appetizer was overcooked, but our foccacia was awesome. The wine list had some great options and not as overpriced as some restaurants. Darioush-$89 Our entrees were perfect. The pork tenderloin was medium rare and like butter. The bass was lightly breaded in a lovely buerre blanc. The truffled potatoes were so good that I didn't leave room for dessert. Which is a shame because that menu looked great. Our server, Joe, was attentive and had a sense of humor. My only caution, don't sit anywhere near the patio doors. They slam constantly and are really loud and distracting in a place with soothing color and music.

                1. I've been twice and have not been terribly impressed (especially at the cost) but will certainly return due to its walking proximity to my workplace.

                  First time had the Cajun White Snapper Sandwich with Spicy Fries and both were mediocre. The snapper had this grilled taste that I sometimes detect and strongly dislike, almost like you can taste the lighter fluid. That sounds worse than it actually was. The spicy fries were just plain overspiced, but not really *spicy*. I'd rather get the curly fries at Burger Tex, for example.

                  The next time I was much better off getting the French Dip, which was quite tasty, with a quality dipping "jus" and a side of regular fries (superior to the spicy).

                  I'd get more adventurous -- I hear good things about the Maytag Blue Potato Chips, and I'm a big fan of Maytag Blue Cheese, but $9, for *potato chips*?? Outrageous.

                  The other thing is that the atmosphere sucks. You're in an outdoor mall. Sitting on the patio would be alright, but did they need to put flatscreen TVs out there? Seriously, I can eat a meal without needing to watch Sportscenter. And frankly, at the price, I would think such 'sports bar' like atmosphere would be frowned upon.

                  Oh, and if you're lucky, the cacophony of Jasper's shitty radio colliding with the sounds of the Domain smooth jazz / subliminal marketing channel on the public speakers will blend together in a pleasant nothingness, allowing you to enjoy your radically overpriced sandwich in peace and harmony.

                  Did I say I'll probably go back? :)

                  1. One visit to Jaspers and I likely won't be going back: mostly mediocre food at outrageous prices. Although the signature Maytag blue cheese potato chips were quite good (at $9 for a small cup of chips they had better be!), everything else my party of 4 ordered was at best mediocre. The Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout ($18) looked and tasted like a breaded frozen fish patty, and the accompanying Molasses Sweet Potatoes consisted of 3 or 4 shavings that wouldn't have filled a teaspoon. I ordered the Prime Rib ($31) and it was tough and chewy; definitely the worst prime rib I've ever had -- I didn't even know that it could be this tough. The Pan Seared Salmon ($22) was overcooked and flavorless, and the Caesar's salad was similarly unremarkable. We were so unanimously disappointed by the quality and quantity of food served, we didn't bother to stick around for dessert. If you really like this kind of food, go to Chili's or some similar establishment and save yourself a considerable amount of money.

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                    1. re: pgoetz

                      Good to know. I went by there and read the menu recently, ultimately deciding to pass on this bourgeois joint with its outrageous prices.

                      1. re: pgoetz

                        I went to Jaspers on Friday and had the Prime Rib and it was outstanding.

                      2. Jasper's baby back ribs are just phenomenal in my opinion. The ribs are almost cooked somewhat "inconsistently" in different places. Let me clarify, because the way I just put it makes it sound like a weakness.

                        They cook the ribs such that some portions of the baby back rib are extremely moist and tender, very much akin to the "fall off the bone" baby back rib style of Houston's.

                        Other parts of the baby back rib, however, are charred to a delicious, barbecue-sauce filled crisp.

                        I've never had better baby back ribs in my life. I've tried the ribs from County Line, Rudy's, Iron Works, and Houston's. Jasper's baby back pork ribs trump the others'.

                        1. Went to Jaspers last week and had a pretty good meal. The prices weren't out of line with the results (not sure where some folks are eating that these prices are "outrageous"). My wife and I shared an appetizer, each had a salad, each had an entree, shared a dessert and each had 2 drinks and we got out for $125. The calamari appetizer was pretty good. I've had better in my life, but this was above average. Freshly cooked and tender with a light crust (could have used another 60 secs. in the fryer, in my opinion). The accompanying sauce was tasty and not overwhelming. The salads were portioned well and quite nice. I had the "Jaspers Green" which was a mesclun mix with candied pecans, blue cheese and shallot vinaigrette. I cleaned the plate. Wife had a salad which I cannot remember that she also enjoyed. I ordered the flat-iron steak with a side of "Tobacco onions". The steak was outstanding. Nice smoky flavor from the wood grilling, and cooked perfectly to order (medium for me - nice warm pink center). The tobacco onions, well - they suck. Just buy a can of the onion strings used for green bean casserole and you'll be much happier. Overcooked and tasteless. Again, I can't remember what my wife had (can you tell I was enjoying MY dinner?), but she had no complaints. She had a side of the gouda mac & cheese which was quite good, but after two or three bites was overwhelmingly rich. A two-tablespoon side would be more than enough!

                          For dessert we shared a sampler of three items: cherry limeade pie, Butterfinger crème brulee and rocky road ice cream sandwich. All three were good, but by this time we were stuffed. The cherry limeade pie is glorified key-lime pie, with out the key limes. It's good, but in my opinion needs more "cherry" to be interesting. The Butterfinger crème brulee (made with homemade Butterfinger) was interesting, but neither my wife or I could take more than two bites (again, we were pretty stuffed, so maybe that was the problem). The rocky road ice cream sandwich (or some such) was very good and was the one item we ate all of in the sampler.

                          Overall I enjoyed the restaurant and would go back. I'd kill the techno music that was pumped in between the live jazz band...a strange combination of sounds. I'm not sure what a "bourgeois" restaurant is, or whether that's a good thing or a bad thing (I never understand the stereotyping of eateries based on a caste system - the food is either good or bad - why would you care who the clientele is?), but Jaspers is worthy of a visit. It is infinitely better than Z'Tejas, Trulucks, and other such restaurants I've experienced around town. I'd compare to Capitol Brasserie (though Jaspers is better), Lamberts, Eddie V (slightly different focus)...Give it a whirl...

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                          1. re: Bababooey

                            By "bourgois" I mean the prices ($9 for chips with bleu cheese?) and decor (Upscale mall food with prices to match- more $$$ per plate does not necessarily equate amazing food for me). It's mall food. Caste system? I didn't get a good look at the clientele because the place was empty (probably because for that money you could get yourself something nice at Neiman's and save yourself the calories), reiterating my point of atmosphere as bougie, not the human cattle grazing at the fancy mall joint.

                            1. re: tokyomonamour

                              I don't understand how you can call it mall food when you've never actually been to the place. At least that's the impression I got. You said this in your previous post:

                              "Good to know. I went by there and read the menu recently, ultimately deciding to pass on this bourgeois joint with its outrageous prices."

                              Anyways, reading pgoetz's review reminded me - one of my family members ordered the pecan crusted rainbow trout and was also very disappointed with it.

                              Also, one thing that did in fact irritate me about Jasper's was the arbitrary $3 side dish substitution charge.

                              The first time I went to Jasper's and had the baby back ribs, I abhored the "creamy potato salad" that came with it. I think they are almost banking on people to substitute the sides to wrench out another $3.50 out of them (tax plus tip).

                              1. re: dcx1287

                                Oops dcx1287, to clarify: I walked in, took a good gander at the menu and vibe, then left. The menu is not "mall food" typical per se, but it's at a freakin' mall. Anyway, you see some varied dishes at Nordstrom cafe too, but the prices are more in line with where they should be imho. The side dish sub charge, price of chips (they're chips and unless the potatoes are lined with gold...), overpriced salad (I can get the same thing elsewhere for less), and deserts that sound like something from Applebee's, I spent my $ elsewhere.

                                1. re: tokyomonamour

                                  An interesting method for evaluating a restaurant, to say the least. I guess Matsuhisa would be off the list in LA - It's in a strip mall!!!!! Often cited as the best Sushi restuarant around! I think a bare minimum requirement for trashing a restaurant (and it's clientele as "human cattle"), is to have eaten there at least once.

                                  Stating the menu doesn't appeal to you will suffice as commentary if you haven't eaten there.

                                  Moooooo!!!

                                  1. re: tokyomonamour

                                    I think that some of the best French fries in town are those that Nordstrom's serves, at least at Barton Creek location.

                                    1. re: tokyomonamour

                                      I empathize with your position on this one. The atmosphere of a restaurant can make or break a meal for me, no matter how good the food is. I've been by Jasper's and it appears to me like so many of the Dallas-type restaurants that are popping up everywhere, especially in more recently developed areas of the city. I've had unfortunate experiences at too many places like Roy's, Eddie V's, McCormick and Schmick's, etc., to bother wasting my time or money when my intuition tells me that the ambiance isn't going to enhance my meal, but may instead detract from it.

                                      1. re: Twill

                                        Thank you Twill. I'm glad somebody understands.

                                    2. re: dcx1287

                                      See, this is what makes the world go round ..I really liked the creamy potato salad !!!

                                      1. re: judiftx1

                                        Well, to be fair, it wasn't Jasper's fault for making bad potato salad. It was more my fault for not enjoying potato salad in the first place, no matter who cooks it; especially with baby back ribs.

                                2. I dined here today for lunch, solo, and (on you guys' recommendation) had the grilled flatiron steak, medium rare, and pretty much agreed with verily's report from May 10. Flavorful and juicy, and the portion was ample without being overwhelming. The 'portabello whippers' (very creamy potatoes) were placed under the steak and were good, if not exceptional. This entree usually comes with some kind of mixed root vegetables, and I was able to substitute a side of wilted spinach (just barely cooked) and shallots -- nice -- for no additional cost. My server was attentive but not intrusive, and I was even greeted by a mustachioed gent in a suit (the assistant manager, is my guess) who thanked me for dining with them today. With beverage (iced tea) and tip, I escaped for $23. And the thing is, of course it's more than I usually pay for lunch, but I didn't have to wait in line for 15 minutes for some forgettable wrap sandwich, and eat in crowded conditions listening to stupid conversations on either side of me. You pay for the privilege of not having to fend for yourself with the masses, but be treated to a higher level of service and a better ambiance. And of course it's in a mall -- you've made the choice to GO to the mall already, so why blame the restaurant for being located where it is (and you chose to be)?

                                  On the basis of this one visit, would I go back and bring a guest or two? Sure.

                                  1. Lackluster...

                                    We had lunch there today and the Maytag chips were a cardiologist's nightmare. They were not thought out well- flimsy potato chips with a blue cheese sauce? In two minutes they were a soggy greasy mess. They seemed like something thought up by a smear cheese on anything place like Chili's or Applebee's. Regretful... There are much better dining options in Austin. The creepy manager was also overheard coaxing the wait staff (who were wonderful) to "give it more energy". What does that even mean???

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                                    1. re: amysuehere

                                      We've been calling it North Dallas South... At the Daily Grill (also at the Domain), I have heard good things about the Happy Hour appetisers and drink specials, though I've yet to sample.

                                      1. re: amysuehere

                                        I went to the domain this week and it's like disney world mated with rodeo drive. Ick!

                                      2. Tried out Jasper's on Thursday night. i am admittedly a cheap-ass, and the prices on the website made me a little reluctant. however, hubby and i enjoyed it a great deal. we each got a glass of wine, which totaled $25, but you gotta splurge sometime, right? the half-bottles seemed like a good idea, but the least expensive one was $30, so we just tried two different wines instead. for an appetizer, we ordered the shrimp and grits (next time: blue cheese chips!). two prosciutto-wrapped shrimp on a mound of grits with a lemon butter sauce. the sauce was supposed to have thyme in it, which i didn't really taste, but regardless, it was delicious. next we split the Jasper's green salad because i had to get some blue cheese in there. good, average blue cheese/candied pecan salad. for an entree, i ordered striped bass with tomato-haricot vert salad and subbed the smoked gouda mac-n-cheese for the truffled "whippers". i had previously read about the $3 substitution charge, and it had sounded like b.s. to me. but the substituted sides all come in a 6-inch iron skillet. the larger side portion was well worth the extra $3, as we both had plenty of it and still had some to take home with us. bow-tie pasta in creamy smoked gouda sauce with ham = YUM!!!! the bass fillet was rather small and not exactly memorable, but i love all fish, and it was pan-seared just fine. thankfully, they used halved grape tomatoes in the other side dish (no mushy march tomatoes) and the haricot vert were al dente. it was an enjoyably light counterpart to that mac-n-cheese. hubby got the peach-glazed pork tenderloin with bourbon creamed corn and twice baked potato. the pork tenderloin was perfectly pink and juicy, and the peach glaze was very tasty. the twice-baked potato was fine, nothing special. but that corn! i admit i am not a fan of creamed corn, and that's probably b/c i associate it with that canned crap. THIS creamed corn was *so* good. it was crazy to taste actual cream rather than whatever weird thickening agent Del Monte uses. and the corn was obviously fresh off the cob with good crunch. i couldn't keep my fork off of hubby's plate. i would love to have done the dessert trio, but couldn't do so w/o feeling like a total oinker. so i settled for the cherry limeade thing. thick individual gram cracker crust, tart key-lime-pie-ish filling. the cherry flavor could have been more pronounced. and the swiss meringue on top was divine. bill was about $130 incl. tip. i do look forward to going back to try something else.

                                        the atmosphere was pretty cool. there are all these chain-mail tapestry on the walls, lot of industral-like decor, which i liked. the booths were wide and comfy. they were playing some weird techno-y music, which i personally don't mind, but i could see how anyone who doesn't particularly like techno would get irritated by it. it got a little too loud during the last half of the meal, and we wondered if it was to encourage ppl to split since it was after ten. our sever never rushed us, though, so we didn't feel like we had to leave w/o dessert or anything. server was attentive and helpful, friendly but not in that annoying way that makes you think he's just trying to fluff his tip. it took me a while to finally decide what i wanted and he was patient with that. when he came back the second time, he said he had some suggestions for me unless i had already decided.

                                        this place made me feel good about blowing a decent chunk of money on dinner. and despite the fact that there were a lot of rich components to our meal, we didn't go home feeling stuffed to the gills.

                                        1. we were there last night and that creamed corn is amazing - I want to make it for Thanksgiving! Also, my husband had the ribs and ate them with a *fork* - they were good!