My last week’s trip to Jethro’s Fine Grub has been both disappointing and embarassing; disappointing because their gorgeous-looking, humongous Gold Rush Pancakes was overloaded with baking soda and had a rather unpleasant after-taste, embarassing because I could hardly get through even 1/2 of my plate. I had the opportunity to visit the place again this week. Similar to my previous visit, the place was full when I arrived, and I had to wait for 10-15 minutes before I was seated. I had previously found the service to be a bit slow and inadequate; now, having had a chance to observe them further, I think I know the reason why: the restaurant is under-staffed. There was only one waitress managing all of the tables, and I couldn’t help but feel really sorry for her as I watched her running frantically about, taking orders, bringing the bills, clearing tables, greeting new customers etc. I think that they really can do with a few more staff members. This time around, I decided to steer far away from their pancakes, and ordered their Chocolate Chip Banana Bread French Toast, as well as my usual coffee.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread French Toast ($13):
This consisted of two generous slices of chocolate chip banana bread topped with cooked bananas and butter. I really enjoyed this dish. The banana bread was warm, soft and moist, with a nice hint of cinnamon. The bananas, while not really “caramelized”, was nevertheless pleasant: soft, sweet and fragrant. The whipped butter (which had also come with the pancakes, and which I had foolishly previously mistaken for whipped cream) provided a nice, slightly salty touch to the general sweetness. The best part of the dish however had to be the warm, gooey melted chocolate chips. Now, in my previous review, I took issue with the use of baking soda in the pancakes, which resulted in a very unpleasant aftertaste. While I did also detect a slightly funky flavour in the French toast that I assume is once again baking soda, this manifested more in the smell rather than the taste, and was also considerably milder – hence I was less bothered by it. Fairly or not, I cannot resist comparing this dish to the French toast from Twisted Fork. I have to say that while I do believe the French toast from Twisted Fork to be “better made” (as in higher quality ingredients, more proper preparation, etc), I did enjoy the French toast from Jethro’s more.
Unlike the pancakes, the French toast stood ZERO chance against me and my appetite: I polished this baby off easily and had still room to spare.
The revisit has resulted in redemption, both for Jethro’s (who, after a disappointing performance with their Gold Rush Pancakes, came back swinging with their delicious French toast) and for me (who, after barely managing to get through 1/2 of their pancakes, wiped the
floor plate with their French toast). I was in a great mood when I left the restaurant, and look forward to returning again in the near future.
Recommendations: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread French Toast (if you want my advice, skip the pancakes and TREAT YO SELF!)