Here is another new restaurant in Chisinau! This is a chain that serves mostly American Style food. Apparently, there are many other Jack’s’ in other countries too. So, this is a successful formula.
I have been to this place two times with friends and I have to say, it has become one of my favorite places to go! The food is pretty good. I and my friends have tried the Fillet Mignon stake, Pepper Steak, Salmon with fried parmesan, Trout stuffed with seafood, Tom Yum soup, and their Blue Cheese Burger. The Fillet Mignon was ordered twice at different times and both of the times was very pleasing; the meat tastes fresh and good and it comes with homemade potato chips that is really nice (about 120 lei). The stuffed trout (Forel in their menu) was beautifully presented but may have more bones than salmon, which was also beautiful and yummy (both around 110 lei). The Burgers are good enough but don’t really live up to the American standards. But, I would order it again. It was surprising to see a Thai soup Tom Yum – a spicy seafood soup, and it turned out to be pretty good too. This is under the appetizers section. The only thing that I didn’t like from what we ordered is a desert that I cannot even remember the name of. Maybe, they are not so strong on deserts but, I have yet to try more than one kind. I think most food has meat. When one of our friends asked for a non-meat dish, they suggested a dish with rabbit.
Their drinks are pretty good. I had a Cosmopolitan and Nigroni cocktails and they were pretty good. They have a good selection of beer on draft and bottled wines. No complaint on the drinks, really. And the prices are not that harsh on the wallet.
One concern about the place is in their service. The girl that is greeting at the door is pleasant to look at but not to talk to. She just doesn’t seem to want people in. The waiters are better than the girl at the door, but still could use improvement. The location is another drawback if you are used to walking in the center of Chisinau. Jack’s is located a bit outside of the town but close to one of the major shopping areas, called the Grand Hall. For this reason, I am sure that there is a public transportation there, but I couldn’t find the exact numbers that go there. Also, the placemats say something so silly like Real Men Food… No comment there, just see below. The place also has live music from time to time, and we had the chance to listen to one. They had fun American country/folk music, but it was soooooo loud!! But, that’s kinda normal here when there is a live music.
The restaurant also serves breakfast and lunch. It actually opens at 7 in the morning! I am not sure about the hours in all of the days of the week, but here is the phone number:
Jack’s Bar & Grill: 0789 94 444
Address: Constantin Negruzzi Bld, #2/4 (near GrandHall), Chisinau.
I would definitely call and reserve before going. Like I said, the girl at the door is not welcoming when you actually do have a reservation, and if you come without one you might need to fight your way into it even if the place looks empty! But the food will be worth the fight. 🙂 Enjoy!