Jane G’s ‘Raises the Bar;’ ‘Not One Dish’ Impressed at Red Owl Tavern

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Brian Freedman writes at its best, Jane Gs raises the bar of pan-Asian cuisine. Seriously considered flavor, unimpeachable technique, and an excellent waiter made the meals there more interesting, more memorable. Well-fried popcorn rock shrimp, impeccably crisped dumplings, and familiar and exotic beef rendang get special shout-outs. [PW]

Phyllis Stein-Novack writes that inedible pickled vegetables with way too much vinegar served at Red Owl Tavern nearly ruined hubby Edwards birthday. The roasted eggplant spread that arrived at the table at the same time was ok. Congealed sauce that tasted like glueplagued the chicken pot pie, while spicy ketchup detracted from the overall taste of the short ribs. Not one dish served impressed her taste buds, so naturally, she tips her toque just once. [South Philly Review]