Jamie kennedy wine bar
just looking at the menu here, I was curious how big these dishes are.. what is the concept exactly, are they share plates? or how many per person do you order ( considering we are big eaters). Any info would be great, including any recent visit info. thanks in advance!
here are a few reviews with photos:
the depth of the bartop in the first link is approximately 18" and should hopefully help indicate the actually size of the dishware.
with two people i've eaten between 7-9 dishes shared between us inclusive of dessert. on another occassion there were three of us and 9 dishes were demolished. each time we left ridiculously full. if you stick to the protein/carb heavy dishes it's not that difficult to get stuffed.
from what i've seen around the bar... people will often order dishes for themselves and eat them themselves (never even offering a bite to another, blasphemy!) but i will always share each dish. there are extra plates to divide up a dish among the diners. the soup is never an easy thing to share.
i'd say the concept is local canadiana small plates with an edge towards the homey/comforting rather than ridiculous "innovative" displays. considering the winter weather, expect a lot of stew and rich sauce dishes with much of his own pickled veg incorporated. beware that tobey nemeth doesn't seem to be able to taste salt... keep a glass of water on hand.
otherwise... unless you're a group over 3 ppl (4 might be pushing it) the best seat in the house is the corner of the chef bar. i like to watch the action and query the chefs but it can get noisy...
They are small plates, meant to be shared. I would say generally 3-4 dishes each is good. If you are really hungry you might add dessert.
Concept is small plates for sharing.
Two of us usually order about 3 plates each (and "baby" glass of wine to go with each dish). But if you're big eaters, you may need more than that, and I think it's possible that if you prefer more traditional app/entree/dessert style eating, you could leave feeling unsatisfied. Or you could always warm up at JK at go elsewhere for "real" dinner if you'd like more than small plates.
I haven't tried the new latest menu, but the poutine is always great, the haloumi is good, I've had good luck with shortribs (although never in the current incarnation), cheese plate is usually quite interesting... I tend to ask my server what the best options are for the current menu and I find JK's staff us generally very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
If you do end up going, please do report back on the winter menu!