Jazzster has always been among my favourite places in Kharkiv. This club is friendly, non-pretentious and is the best place to listen to the quality local music that Kharkiv is famous for. It is also very reasonably priced.
This time we had a special occasion and decided to arrive before the jazz night started, to have a dinner at their restaurant.
Jazzster is not too large, divided into two zones - the club by the bar, with the scene and small tables around the dancing space, and the restaurant with a very pleasant interior in light colours.
The portions are rather small, so we tried everything, from the starters to the desserts. I appreciated the efforts made for a presentation of every dish; they looked nice.
We started with Pink Tuna carpaccio [USD 7.25] and pancakes with salmon and cucumber, served a la Japanese rolls [USD 3.5]. Proceeded with two creme-soups [USD 4.75 each]: with champignons and with salmon and cauliflower. So far so good. For the main course, chose salmon steak with asparagus bean in the white sauce [USD 11] and roasted lamb with herbs [USD 8.1]. Salmon was a bit dry, but the lamb was tasty.
Although there was a variety of hot chocolates on a special offer, most of those I’d love to try were missing. So we had to go for a Banana pie [USD 3.4] (pretty average) and a baked apple [USD 4.75] (excellent) for the dessert.
The wine list is not too extensive here (nothing compares to Pushka; see separate review). Say, my favourite local Brut Zero sparkling wine was missing, so we ordered regular Brut. But it’s worth mentioning that espresso here is delicious (I suffered from the absence of decent coffee in Kharkiv restaurants).
The bill came at USD 35 per person, including the bottle of champagne and other drinks, but without service.
Service was the only disappointing part. It was annoying that we had to specifically ask for everything - champagne bucket, basic condiments etc.
Anyway, you don’t normally come to Jazzster for the food and service. Its best part and the main reason to come is terrific live music. Make sure you don’t miss it.
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