I first became familiar with Jasper's when I attended a cooking demo by the chef back in September at the Ferry Building. He demoed pickled vegetables and shrimp remoulade on toasted buttered bread (recipe). It was delicious, and when I later looked up the restaurant online, I basically wanted everything. Amazing sounding comfort/pub food.
But somehow I never went. And then in March, chef Carpenter did another cooking demo, this time of delicious, fresh, seasonal asparagus soup (recipe). I was blown away by the flavor and voewed to check out the restaurant. But again, I didn't.
And then a few weeks later, I attended Taste of the Nation, and had the opportunity to try their seasonal sweet pea deviled egg. It was definitely the best deviled egg of the event, and I re-looked up the menu, and saw they always offer a fun trio of deviled eggs. I really wanted to go.
And yet, I still somehow never went. I blame the foie gras, it didn't leave time for much else.
So finally, we made it, albeit only for desserts. Every dessert on the menu sounded fantastic, and it was hard to settle on only two. Luckily, the waitress helped us out, and the desserts were indeed as good (ok, better!), than they sounded!
|Black and Tan: brownie, milk chocolate fudge, sweet cream, peanut butter mousse, caramel. $8.|
The cake consisted of several layers, each spectacular on their own, and even more amazing when combined (yes, I know, how can you really go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter?). The bottom was a moist chocolate brownie, topped with a creamy chocolate fudge layer, then a fluffy, intensely peanut butter flavored mousse, and finally, topped with an incredibly chocolatey dark chocolate ganache. ZOMG.
To complete the deal, there was some caramel sauce, peanut crumble, and better than average whipped cream. More components that were all fantastic, and went well with everything else on the plate.
One of the best restaurant desserts I've had, and for $8 it was a generous portion. Would order again. Main tasting notes just read: "yum, yum, yum, seriously good!".
|Butterscotch pudding, cocoa nibs, sea salt, warm chocolate chip cookies. $8.|
Served in a cute little jar, the pudding itself was thick, creamy, a good consistency, and had great butterscotch flavor. It was topped with the same good whipped cream as came with the chocolate peanut butter dessert. The flavor was greatly enhanced by the generous sprinkling of sea salt. Cocoa nibs added some additional crunch.
And ... it came with warm chocolate chip cookies! The cookies were loaded up with chocolate, were soft, and the restaurant gets serious props for serving them warm. I'm not really sure why they came with the pudding, but they were decent.
Again, another fantastic, generous dessert for $8. And one I'd order again.