MSP - Jasmine 26 ***
Okay, finallly made my way over to Jasmine 26 in Minneapolis (26th and Lyndale) after being prodded by the wonderful folks at my favorite lunch joint, Jasmine Deli.
I fell in love.
First, the place is beautiful with full bar. It is modern, sleek and comfortable with music loud enough to enjoy but not overpower a conversation.'
We started with cocktails. I had the Lemonrind thing - and my dining partnter, the Pear Martini. I guess we started with dessert! Strong enough to bring a smile and get us ordering.
We went to order the Basil Rolls but our server who greeted us with a huge, generous smile reminded me I've had the Basil Rolls at the Deli and recommended we try the Sweet Potato Toast and a version of Chicken Wings.
I was audible during each bite. Sweet potato sweetness, a touch of crispy salty sweetness of the shrimp and just lots of flavor especially when dipped into the light sauce. I didn't want to share and craved more.
The chicken wings were fine. They were chicken wings. Moist, flavorful. Five. I'm from Buffalo, NY - they were okay. Ehh......
BUT my dinner came next. The Jasmine Crepe. I went crazy for the light coconut batter of the crepe filled with meat, vegetables ......It was beyond my expectation. For 8 bucks.
My dining companion had the most expensive item on the menu - the Seafood Hotpot. It was fine. For $18, I expected something different.....but it was very delicate with plenty of scallops, shrimp and calamari.
I liked - LOVED my dish - the Jasmine Crepe much more and for much less $$$.
Light, fresh, flavorful......as I would expect from Jasmine Deli but even better. Our service was immaculate. Prompt. Friendly. Our water glass always filled.
If you want authentic - what do I know - there are plenty of joints in this town to try and everyone seems to have their own favorite- but if you want a nice place to go for dinner and appreciate fresh food, I'd recommend.Jasmine 26.
I cannot wait to go back.
Maybe next time.
Thanks for letting me share.......It was my best dining in the last month and I've been recently to: Birchwood Cafe, Corner Table, Good Day Cafe, Midori, and Colossal Cafe.....which all rate pretty high in my book. Jasmine just rates higher........